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Welcome to the Official City Guide to London
2007 – brought to you by Visit London, every
visitor’s first port of call for information on
this great city. This guide shows the range
of activities and sights that the capital can
offer – whether you’re here for a weekend or
a few weeks. And even the most experienced
visitor still has a lot to learn about a city that
continues to surprise and excite year after year.
4 We Love London
6 London by Area
9 Weekend Itineraries
14 An A-Z of London Facts
18 What’s On
21 Festivals
23 Sightseeing
37 Outdoors
45 Shopping
51 Food & Drink
65 Entertainment
77 Essentials
78 Accommodation
88 Transport
93 Useful Tips
94 Index
96 Tube & Bus Maps
98 London Street Map
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We Love London
With 25 million visitors flocking to the capital each year,
there must be something pretty special about London.
We asked residents and visitors what they love most
about this dynamic and multi-faceted metropolis
London is a city that
deserves its long-held
reputation as one of the
greatest on the planet.
And if you are thinking
about paying a visit, it’s
worth bearing in mind
the vast range of
experiences on offer.
Culture lovers will be
sated by the 17 national
museums and galleries
that offer free entrance.
Fans of fine dining will be
delighted to know that a
staggering 53 international
cuisines (and counting)
are waiting to be sampled,
while more than 35
Michelin-starred
restaurants promise a
gastronomic treat. With
world-class department
stores, quirky boutiques
and 83 markets, there’s
something to suit every
shopper’s pocket and
taste. Theatreland,
cinemas, clubs, live gigs,
comedy and cabaret –
not to mention a pub on
Hitesh
Stallholder,
Portobello
Market
“London allows me
to be what I want to
be – and it’s always
full of surprises”
Zanzibar
Street performer,
Covent Garden
“There’s such an
incredible mix of
cultures, combined
with 2,000 years
of history”
every street corner and
more bars than anyone
could count – will ensure
your days last long into
the night.
But it’s not all thrills
and spills: London’s
abundant public parks
account for 30 per cent
of the city, so there’s
plenty of walks, wildlife
and relaxation, too.
Exploring the river and
80 miles of canals could
take a lifetime – but
dipping in often reveals
a hidden side to the city.
And thanks to the
London transport network
– 12 Underground lines, a
bus network and trams
connecting every corner –
getting around is easy.
To fi nd out
more about
London, go to
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Razvan
Investment manager,
from Romania
“It’s a very diverse city,
I always feel at home in
London. And it’s great to
cycle around, too!”
Andy
Horticulturalist,
Kew Gardens
“You can always
find a new green
space, a secret park
or hidden square”
Kanako
Fashion student,
from Japan
“Shopping is great here.
I can find interesting
designs, from new
trends to vintage looks”
Alvin & Nicola
Visitors, from
Tennessee, USA,
and the UK
“There’s so much
open space. We don’t
feel enclosed in
London and
can really enjoy
being outdoors”
London
by Area
The capital is made up of villages,
boroughs and districts, all with
their own distinctive flavour
With its live music venues,
parks and riverside villages,
it’s no wonder that west
London attracts millions
of visitors each year.
Some of the country’s
top chefs have opened
fine restaurants and
bars in Hammersmith,
Chiswick and Ealing, and
whether your preference
is Caribbean, Indian or
Oriental – try Edgware
Road’s Oriental City
foodhall – you’ll find
something to tease your
taste buds. To help you
while away the daylight
hours, there’s a wealth
of historic houses – the
most impressive being
Syon House – open spaces
and riverside walks to
enjoy. Football lovers
will flock to Chelsea and
Fulham football clubs
and the new National
Stadium, built to replace
Wembley Stadium. The
nearby Wembley Arena,
along with venues like the
Hammersmith Apollo,
make the area a prime
spot for live music. Or if
TV and film are more your
thing, take a tour around
the BBC’s headquarters in
White City.
From the lively streets of the
West End and Theatreland,
to the historic sites of the
Houses of Parliament and
Buckingham Palace, there’s
much to see, eat and enjoy
in central London. The sights
can be admired up close
– marvel at masterpieces
in the National Gallery
– or from afar, atop the
British Airways London
Eye. Wander along the
South Bank admiring the
riverside views, enjoy the
gastronomic delights of
Chinatown and unique
atmosphere of Soho or
treat your loved ones to
luxurious gifts at Harrods
in Knightsbridge. Culture
vultures should go to
Exhibition Road with the
Natural History Museum,
the V&A and the Science
Museum in close proximity.
Go West
Centre
Stage
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From Richmond upon
Thames in the west to
Bromley in the east,
south London is
packed full of history,
culture and charming
neighbourhoods.
Picturesque riverside
settings provide the
perfect opportunity to
roll out the picnic blanket.
Historical buildings such
as Down House – where
Charles Darwin wrote
The Origin of Species
– and Hampton Court
Palace are brimming with
colourful tales. Shoppers
will marvel at the choice
of shopping in places
like Clapham, Barnes,
Kingston upon Thames
and Croydon. Outdoor
attractions include the
Royal Botanic Gardens at
Kew, the London Wetland
Centre – 100 acres of
wetlands in Barnes – and
Richmond Park, London’s
largest open space, where
deer roam free.
Nowhere does the old sit
more comfortably beside
the new than in east
London, where diverse
cultures and maritime
heritage make for great
exploring. This is London’s
fastest growing area as
it prepares for the 2012
Olympic and Paralympic
Games. Visit the once-
rundown areas around
Hoxton and Hackney,
now transformed into
buzzing scenes boasting
great nightlife and
eclectic markets like
Spitalfields and Columbia
Road. Across the river,
the World Heritage site
of Greenwich marries
centuries of maritime
history – brought to life
at the National Maritime
Museum – a vibrant
market and riverside
taverns. Head to the
Bangladeshi and Indian
restaurants on Brick
Lane for a delicious and
authentic taste of the
Asian sub-continent.
If you’re wondering what
that roar is, it’s the crowds
flocking to see Tottenham
Hotspur and Arsenal
football clubs! But there’s
much more to north London
than football. Not far away
is Epping Forest, a 10,000-
year-old woodland that was
once a hunting ground of
Henry VIII, the RAF Museum
in Hendon, which boasts
more than 100 planes, and
a museum dedicated to
William Morris, founder of
the British Arts and Crafts
movement. Shoppers can
find all the best high-street
names at Brent Cross, plus
boutiques and restaurants
in the villages of Islington,
Crouch End, Walthamstow,
Hampstead and Muswell
Hill. Those in search of
international flavours
should head to the Turkish
enclave of Green Lanes – if
you time it right you might
catch a music festival in
Finsbury Park. And further
to the north is the 19th-
century Alexandra Palace,
set in 196 acres of parkland
and offering ice-skating in
the winter and open-air
events in the summer.
Northern Lights
Journey South
Eastern
Promise
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Get inspired with four
themed itineraries to
ensure you experience all
sides of the capital
Something
for the
Weekend?
Voyage of Discovery
Visiting London for the first time?
Here are a few things not to miss
A great place to start
your first London
adventure is the South
Bank. From here, you
can take a morning
‘flight’ on the 135m-
high British Airways
London Eye (pictured),
and marvel at iconic
buildings like Big Ben
and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Then walk among the
street entertainers to the
Art Deco Oxo Tower,
whose brasserie has
wonderful riverscape
views – perfect for a
spot of lunch. Cross the
river to Westminster
Abbey – a medieval
wonder and last resting
place of assorted royals
– then while away the
afternoon browsing
the masterpieces at
the National Gallery.
Swap peaceful corridors
for noisy streets with
a visit to Soho. Its
myriad bars, clubs,
restaurants and unique
shops are popular with
both visitors and the
capital’s creative types.
For dinner, choose from
the many restaurants in
Chinatown.
Sunday morning is
the perfect time to stroll
through St James’s
Park, and enjoy lakeside
views to Buckingham
Palace. From here,
continue along Piccadilly
to Regent Street,
where you’ll find the
Tudor-fronted Liberty
and Hamleys, the
world’s most famous
toy store. After lunch
in Carnaby Street,
head for the British
Museum’s Great Court,
and discover artefacts
including the Rosetta
Stone and Cleopatra’s
mummy. Take a stroll
through Bloomsbury’s
handsome squares to
build up an appetite,
before heading back
to Piccadilly and The
Wolseley restaurant
– a high-ceilinged space
perfect for gourmet fare
and people watching.
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Easy Does It
A visit to the world’s most
exciting capital city needn’t
be all hustle and bustle…
Spend the morning
enjoying some leisurely
window shopping on
Bond Street. Along
the way, call in at The
Chocolate Society for
some delectable treats,
which can be consumed
in the shelter of Farm
Street’s little park. The
Wallace Collection
provides escapism
of a different kind.
Fine furniture, Sèvres
china and remarkable
paintings will transport
you to a bygone age
of aristocracy. If the
sun comes out, head
for Hyde Park, where
you’ll forget you’re in
Europe’s biggest capital.
Admire the lovely Rose
Garden and Apsley
House, once home to the
Dukes of Wellington. On
Christmas Day, scores of
brave (or mad) souls dive
into the Serpentine’s
frozen waters – but we
recommend a genteel
boating trip instead.
Retreat to the exclusive
Kensington Roof
Gardens for dinner –
a rooftop oasis with
award-winning food
amid beautiful planting,
and even flamingos!
Then it’s on to Ronnie
Scott’s in Soho – the
archetypal jazz venue.
Next morning, take
a riverboat to Kew
Gardens (pictured).
The journey is dreamily
relaxing, and the
destination is the
ultimate pleasure garden
– 300 acres of botanical
beauties and magnificent
glasshouses. Head back
into the centre to the
luxurious May Fair Spa,
where divine massages
and healing mud baths
await you. Take your
place in the sumptuous
Ritz hotel for afternoon
tea among gilded statues
and cascading waterfalls.
Later on, Portobello
Road’s Electric Cinema
is perfect for classic
double-bills on roomy
leather couches.
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Start by browsing
Camden Lock Market,
where you’ll find
second-hand clothing
and all kinds of weird
and wonderful things to
buy. Then head to Sir
John Soane’s Museum,
a jumble of ancient
relics and Egyptian
sarcophagi. On to edgy
Hoxton, home to many
fashionable BritArtists
– the White Cube gallery
makes for stimulating
viewing. Finish the
day with dinner at
The Real Greek, a
converted chapel whose
chandeliered interior
perfectly complements
brilliant meze food.
Next morning, after
breakfast at the trendy
Bluebird Café, discover
Chelsea Physic Garden
(open April-Oct), a
secret, walled treasury
of fragrant herbs.
Then tour the amazing
warren of the little-
visited Inner Temple in
the City. Its medieval
church was built by
crusading Knights
Templar, and you can
enjoy fine choral recitals
during services. The
City’s quirky ancient
pubs, including the
Old Doctor Butler’s
Head in Moorgate,
are well worth a
pilgrimage. Then head
south to Dulwich, a
charming village with
a neoclassical Picture
Gallery. But leave room
for dinner at Joanna’s
brasserie in nearby
Crystal Palace.
Off the Beaten Track
Beyond the red buses, Black Cabs
and Beefeaters, there’s a hidden
London waiting to be discovered
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For a unique place to
stay that won’t break
the bank, try the YHA
London St Paul’s (once
home to St Paul’s
Cathedral’s choirboys).
While you’re there, visit
Sir Christopher Wren’s
masterpiece during
a morning service to
avoid paying admission.
Start your Saturday by
crossing the Thames on
the futuristic Millennium
Bridge and sampling
Borough Market’s
gourmet delights
(pictured) – most stalls
offer free samples, and
it’s brilliant for picnic
necessities. From here,
discover some free
culture at the vast
Tate Modern and Tate
Britain. A visit to London
wouldn’t be complete
without taking in a show
– and you needn’t miss
out. The tkts booth in
Leicester Square sells
half-price tickets to the
biggest shows in town.
In the morning, hit
Topshop on Oxford
Street, a fashion-lover’s
paradise that reproduces
couture at fractional
costs. Relax afterwards
in St James’s Park and
catch the pelicans being
fed at 2.30pm. The
theatrical wonder of
Harrods Food Hall has
towering displays of every
conceivable comestible,
but forgo its caviar for
nearby Stockpot’s low-
cost feasts. Feed the brain
for free in the Natural
History Museum
– absorbing exhibits
range from dinosaur
eggs to technicolour
gemstones. And a final,
traditional treat is fish
and chips, followed
by a good old English
pub quiz: friendly
entertainment for a
few pounds – and you
might even win a prize.
For further information
on the places mentioned, please
consult relevant listings sections
starting on page 23.
On a Budget
Feeling the pinch? Don’t worry, as
you’ll still find plenty to keep you
entertained in London…
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Discover the story of those
who have lived, fought and died
in conflicts from the First World
War to the present day.
Featuring
The Holocaust Exhibition
The Children’s War
New exhibitions for 2007
Camouflage
The Falklands War
www.iwm.org.uk
Waterloo, Lambeth Nor th, Elephant and Castle, Southwark
FREE ADMI SSI ON
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Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
A
bbey Road
zebra crossing
In 1969, a crossing in
quiet St John’s Wood shot to
world fame when The Beatles
featured it on the front of their
album AbbeyRoad. Rock fans
still make pilgrimages there.
E
pping Forest
Just ten miles
from central
London, this former
royal hunting forest
still boasts Elizabeth I’s
hunting lodge, which
you can visit for free.
B
eck, Harry
Paid just five
guineas, this
draughtsman devised the
London Underground map
in 1933, rationalising a
hugely complex network
into one iconic diagram.
C
anals
A peaceful,
picturesque way
to explore London is along
the nine-mile Regent’s
Canal. Seepage38.
D
owning Street
No 10 has been
the home of
British Prime Ministers
since 1732, and is now
the abode of Tony Blair.
An AtoZ
of London
Did you know that over 300
different languages are spoken in
the capital, or that most Black Cab
drivers can identify any location you
give them? Read on to find out 26
fascinating facts about London…
F
oundling
Museum
Discover the moving
story of London’s abandoned
children, and the hospital
founded by composer
GF Handel in 1739 to take
them in. Personal artefacts,
photographs and recordings
create a truly poignant
experience. Seepage32.
G
herkin
Norman
Foster’s
daring addition to
London’s skyline
(left) towers over the
financial district,
and is nicknamed
for its unusual shape
– its real name is
30 St Mary Axe.
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The first new bridge over the
Thames for 100 years, this
pedestrian walkway links the Tate
Modern gallery with St Paul’s Cathedral.
H
ighgate
Cemetery
This beautiful
Victorian ‘garden
cemetery’ is full of Gothic
monuments and is ideal
for a stroll. Known as a
dissenters’ burial ground,
it’s where Karl Marx
(below) is laid to rest.
I
ce Rinks
Fancy a twirl? Many
grand institutions boast
floodlit open-air ice-rinks
in winter, among the most
scenic is the courtyard of
Somerset House.
J
ack the Ripper
The infamous murderer is
believed to have killed
at least five women in the
19th century, and was never
caught. Take a tour around
Whitechapel and see if you
can uncover his identity.
SeeTours, page30.
K
nowledge, The
Black Cab drivers
are London’s
unsung heroes and fonts
of wisdom. The Knowledge,
their intensive training
course, means they can
identify any landmark
or location.
L
ord’s
As well as hosting
many of England’s
international fixtures, the
‘home of cricket’ – known
for its Old Father Time
weather vane and futuristic
grandstand – will host the
archery at the 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
Seepage42.
Find out
more amazing facts
about London at
visitlondon.com
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P
rimrose Hill
With fine views
over London,
this charming district
is a favourite for picnics,
kite-flying and celebrity-
spotting: Jamie Oliver,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude
Law and Ewan McGregor
all have houses here.
R
outemasters
After 50 years
of loyal service,
these stately chariots were
retired from London’s bus
lanes. Happily, nostalgists
can still jump aboard along
selected ‘heritage routes’.
S
ketch
One of the most
extravagant of
all London’s restaurants,
both in terms of its
virtuoso gourmet fare
and extraordinarily
cool interior, which
doubles as a gallery
space and dance club.
Seepage56.
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otting Hill
Carnival
Every August,
millions flock to this
dynamic Caribbean
celebration – Europe’s
largest street festival.
Expect a three-day riot
of steel bands, calypso
dancing and exotic
costumes. Seepage21. T
ime
Greenwich is
packed with
maritime history –
and is the birthplace
of world time, no less.
Straddle the Prime
Meridian (0° Longitude)
and you’ve one foot
each in the eastern and
western hemispheres.
O
ld Bailey
This ornate
court building,
a stone’s throw away from
St Paul’s Cathedral, handles
Britain’s most high-profile
trials, which you can watch
from the public gallery.
Q
ueen, The
Highly popular since her
first appearance in public
as Princess Lillibet, the Queen
now reveals more of her private life
to the public. One can visit HRH’s
home, gardens and art collection at
Buckingham Palace. See page 29.
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U
mbrellas
In the event that
it rains, pick
up a bespoke brolly at
the splendidly eccentric
emporium James Smith
& Sons on New Oxford
Street. Seepage49.
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andle River
A Thames
tributary,
this south London river
once supported many
working mills on its banks
– among them William
Morris’s. Today, it’s a
wildlife haven and green
corridor, home to trout,
minnows and mayflies.
Z
oo
A haunt of the
young Charles
Darwin, this venerable
establishment in Regent’s
Park remains a favourite.
Bring walking shoes, as
there are many species to
meet. Feeding time is a
special treat. Seepage26.
Y
oung British
Artists
BritArtists
Damien Hirst, Tracey
Emin and Rachel
Whiteread revitalised
the 90s art scene with
often provocative shows.
Now Charles Saatchi has
launched a new Chelsea
showcase of their works.
Seepage35.
V
&A South Kensington
The Victoria & Albert museum houses
a decorative-arts collection that’s among
the greatest in the world, with fine examples
from every discipline imaginable. Among the
must-sees in this treasure-house are the Cast
Room and costume collection. See page 33.
X
enophilia
Multicultural
London has a
tradition of welcoming
foreigners. And with 300
languages spoken here,
it’s the most cosmopolitan
and linguistically diverse
city in the world.
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Use our events diary to help plan your trip to the
capital. You can check the online Events Diary at
visitlondon.com for further information and
details of all Official Royal Ceremonies.
January
New Year’s Day Parade
1 Jan
From Parliament Sq SW1
www.londonparade.co.uk
London Boat Show
5-14 Jan
ExCeL London E16
www.londonboatshow.com
London Art Fair
17-21 Jan
Business Design Centre N1
www.londonartfair.co.uk
Charles I Commemoration
28 Jan
Banqueting House SW1
+44 (0)1430 430 695
Chinese New Year
Celebrations
28 Jan
Soho W1
www.chinatownchinese.co.uk
February
London Fashion Weekend
1 Feb
Duke of York’s HQ SW3
www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
March
Daily Mail Ideal Home Show
9 Mar - 2 Apr
Earls Court SW5
www.idealhomeshow.co.uk
St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
17 Mar
Various venues in London
www.londonstpatricksday.org.uk
The Vitality Show
29 Mar - 1 Apr
Olympia W14
www.thevitalityshow.co.uk
Head of the River Race
31 Mar
The Thames, Mortlake to Putney
April
Oxford & Cambridge
University Boat Race
7 Apr
River Thames, from Putney
SW15 to Mortlake SW14
www.theboatrace.org
Flora London Marathon
22 Apr
From Greenwich SE10
to The Mall SW1
www.london-marathon.co.uk
St George’s Day Events
23 Apr
Various venues in London
May
Chelsea Flower Show
22-26 May
Royal Hospital, Chelsea SW3
www.rhs.org.uk
June
Royal Ascot*
Ascot Racecourse SL5
www.royalascot.co.uk
Taste of London*
Regent’s Park NW1
www.tasteoflondon.co.uk
What’s On
Chinese NewYear
St George’s Day
Turn the page
to fi nd out about
festivals in the
capital
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Trooping the Colour*
Horse Guards Parade SW1
www.royal.gov.uk
Royal Academy of Arts
Summer Exhibition
11 June - 19 Aug
Royal Academy of Arts W1
www.royalacademy.org.uk
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis
Championships
25 June - 8 July
All England Lawn Tennis
and Croquet Club SW19
www.wimbledon.org
July
Buckingham Palace
Summer Opening*
July-Sept
Buckingham Palace SW1
www.royal.gov.uk
Hampton Ct Palace Flower Show
3-9 July
Hampton Court Palace KT8
www.rhs.org.uk
Tour de France Le Grand Départ
6-8 July
Various venues in London
www.tourdefrancelondon.com
The Proms
13 July - 8 Sept
Royal Albert Hall SW7
www.bbc.co.uk/proms
August
Michelob ULTRA London Triathlon
4-5 Aug
ExCel London E16
www.thelondontriathlon.com
September
Great River Race*
River Thames, from Ham TW10
to Greenwich SE10
+44 (0)20 8398 9057
www.greatriverrace.co.uk
London Fashion Weekend*
Duke of York’s HQ SW3
www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
October
Black History Month
Various venues in London
www.black-history-month.co.uk
Frieze Art Fair
11-14 Oct
Regent’s Park NW1
www.friezeartfair.com
London Bierfest*
Old Billingsgate EC3
www.londonbierfest.com
Turner Prize Exhibition*
Tate Britain SW1
www.tate.org.uk
Autumn Ideal Home Show
5-14 Oct
Earls Court SW5
www.autumnidealhomeshow.co.uk
Trafalgar Day Parade
22 Oct
Trafalgar Sq WC2
+44 (0)20 7928 8978
November
Festival of Remembrance*
Royal Albert Hall SW7
The London BBC Good Food Show
Olympia, Earls Court SW5*
www.londonbbcgoodfoodshow.com
Remembrance Day*
Service & Parade
Cenotaph SW1

Lord Mayor’s Show
& Fireworks Display
11 Nov
City of London, River Thames
www.lordmayorsshow.org
December
The BlackRock Masters Tennis
4-9 Dec
Royal Albert Hall SW7
www.theblackrockmasters.com
Christmas Tree
Until first week Jan 2008
Trafalgar Sq WC2
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec
Various venues in London
PLEASE NOTE: Always check the
date and venue with the organisers
as these may change.
*Where no date is marked please
check visitlondon.com for details.
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Open Daily
Admission to Somerset House is free (Entry fees apply to galleries and events)
www.somerset-house.org.uk 020 7845 4600 Strand London WC2
Temple, Charing Cross, Embankment, Covent Garden
Gorgeous inside and out
Art Architecture Food Fountains
Overlooking the Thames, by Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House is home
to the Courtauld Institute of Art, Gilbert Collection, and Hermitage Rooms.
In summer, linger and relax in the refreshing fountains, riverside terrace,
cafes, and bars, or enjoy concerts, cinema, and dance in the majestic
courtyard and, in winter, be captivated by London s most beautiful ice rink.
Somerset House
Festivals
London’s calendar is packed with
events celebrating the city’s diversity
visitlondon.com 21
Hampton Court
Palace Festival
June
Set in the grounds of the
ancient palace, this lavish
open-air musical event
attracts artists as diverse
as Eric Clapton and Dame
Kiri Te Kanawa. www.
hamptoncourtfestival.com
City Of London
Festival
June - July
Now in its 45th year,
this celebration of
classical music features
performances in some
of the City’s most
ancient churches and
halls, including St Paul’s
Cathedral and the Lord
Mayor’s Mansion House.
www.colf.org
Gay Pride Day
July
Colourful, flamboyant,
outrageous: the annual
Gay Pride parade winds
noisily through central
London in celebration
of the gay community,
peaking with a rally in
Trafalgar Square.
www.pridelondon.org
Rise: London
United
July
London’s biggest annual
free music festival has
a strong anti-racist
message, and attracts a
line-up of bands and DJs.
Venue tbc.
www.risefestival.org
Notting Hill
Carnival
25-27 Aug
This street carnival with
Caribbean roots has been
celebrated since 1964.
Today, some two million
revellers take to the streets
of west London to watch
the vibrant costume
Vaisakhi
April*
Sikh harvest festival with
processions and music across
the capital.
Festival of Youth Arts
May*
Music, dance and drama in
Trafalgar Square kick off a
week of creative projects.
www.festivalofyouth
arts.co.uk
Summer Festival
May - Sept*
The Royal Botanic Gardens
in Kew play host to various
events through the summer.
www.rbgkew.org.uk
Meltdown
June*
The Royal Festival Hall’s
music festival features a new
guest curator each year.
www.rfh.org.uk
Greenwich & Docklands
International Festival
July*
Exciting theatrical, musical
and outdoor events.
www.festival.org
London Mela Festival
Aug*
Free South Asian festival
in Gunnersbury Park W5,
with food, music and more.
Brick Lane Festival
Sept*
Low-key fun in E1, with
stalls, music and dance.
City Showcase
Sept*
Fashion and music festival
now in its fifth year.
www.cityshowcase.co.uk
London Design Festival
Sept*
A host of free events
celebrate international
design across the capital.
www.londondesign
festival.com
Regent Street Festival
Sept*
Street entertainers and two
stages replace the usual
traffic for a day of musical
and theatrical extravagance.
Shoreditch Carnival
Sept*
Sound systems, food and
stalls are the order of the day
at this street party in E2.
London Open House
15-16 Sept
More than 600 buildings
open their doors to the
public for one weekend.
www.londonopenhouse.org
Diwali Festival
Oct*
The annual Hindu festival
of light is celebrated with
fireworks and displays in
Trafalgar Square.
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More
Events
For further details go to
www.londongov.uk/london
and visitlondon.com
parade, while soaking up
the sun and good vibes.
www.nottinghillcarnival.org.uk
Thames Festival
22 & 23 Sept
This free arts festival
features pyrotechnics, river
events, street theatre and
music. It climaxes with the
Night Carnival, complete
with costumes and music.
www.thamesfestival.org
London BFI Film
Festival
Oct - Nov
Now in its 51st year, the
annual film festival features
300 films from more than
60 countries, as well as
lectures, talks and other
movie-related events.
www.lff.org.uk
Notting Hill Carnival
Gorilla
Kingdom
New at
London Zoo
From Easter
2007
For 10
%
off
admission visit
londonzoo.co.uk
Get closer
The Zoological Society of London is the
charity behind London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park.
Registered as a charity in England and Wales: no.208728
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Sightseeing
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The Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace may be
a must-see for first-time visitors, but don’t miss the
lesser-known gems on the tourist trail
Major Sights &
Attractions
Houses & Palaces
Tours
Museums
Galleries
96 Euston Road London NW1
T +44 (0)20 7412 7332
King’s Cross and Euston
www.bl.uk/everyone
CHANGE YOUR
MIND– COME IN!
Everyone is welcome
I Free exhibitions
and galleries
I Events programme
I Café and restaurant
I Shop
Historic
Landmarks
The British Library
Browse the world’s largest
collection of books, maps
and manuscripts. The
library has over 150 million
items and some of the
rarest and most unique are
on display.
Euston Rd NW1
+44 (0)870 444 1500
www.bl.uk
U King’s Cross
Central Hall
Westminster
Take a guided tour around
this historic Methodist
church and conference
centre – built in 1912 to
mark the centenary of
John Wesley’s death.
The hall also houses an
excellent fine-art gallery.
Storey’s Gate SW1
+44 (0)20 7222 8010
www.c-h-w.com
U St James’s Park
Houses of Parliament
Enjoy a tour round the
historic building where Tony
Blair and politicians debate
the issues of the day.
SW1
+44 (0)870 906 3773
www.parliament.uk
U Westminster
Old Royal Naval
College
Set in landscaped gardens
beside the Thames, this
former place of learning
for naval officers is now
open to the public.
Cutty Sark Gardens SE10
+44 (0)20 8269 4747
www.greenwich
foundation.org.uk
DLR Cutty Sark for
Maritime Greenwich
The Golden Hinde
An accurate reconstruction
of Sir Francis Drake’s Tudor
galleon, the Golden Hinde
combines authentic sights,
smells and sounds to
transport you to a bygone
age of seafaring.
Pickford Wharf,
Clink St SE1
www.goldenhinde.co.uk
U London Bridge
HMS Belfast
Explore nine decks of living
history aboard a ship that
played such an integral
role in the D-Day landings
during WWII.
Morgan’s Lane,
Tooley St SE1
+44 (0)20 7940 6300
http://hmsbelfast.iwm.org.uk
U London Bridge
St Paul’s Cathedral
After extensive restoration,
Sir Christopher Wren’s
distinctive landmark is
once again open to the
public. Guided tours of
the Cathedral and Crypt
are available.
St Paul’s Churchyard EC4
+44 (0)20 7236 4128
www.stpauls.co.uk
USt Paul’s
Royal Observatory
Discover more than two
million objects relating
to navigation, astronomy
and measuring time –
Greenwich Mean Time was
based on measurements
made here.
Park Row SE10
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
www.rog.nmm.ac.uk
DLRCutty Sark for
Maritime Greenwich
Somerset House
This historic building
houses three galleries and
a riverside café, while the
courtyard at the front has
fountains in summer
and an ice rink in winter.
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
www.somerset-house.
org.uk
UCharing Cross
Wellington Arch
This often-photographed
landmark was originally
commissioned by George
IV as an outer entrance
to Buckingham Palace.
Hyde Park W1
+44 (0)20 7930 2726
www.english-heritage.
org.uk
UHyde Park
Westminster Abbey
Built across the 13th to
16th centuries, the abbey
is where Kings and Queens
are crowned. Many are also
buried here as are Dickens,
Chaucer and other writers
in Poets’ Corner.
Dean’s Yard SW1
+44 (0)20 7222 5152
www.westminster-
abbey.org
UWestminster
Westminster
Cathedral
Steeped in history, this
ornate building is a haven
of architectural beauty.
Francis St SW1
+44 (0)20 7798 9055
www.westminster
cathedral.org.uk
UVictoria
Here are just a few of the attractions
you shouldn’t leave off your itinerary
Major Sights
Click on
visitlondon.com
for more great
London
attractions!
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
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Trinity Buoy Wharf
As well as being a venue
for films, art exhibitions
and dance performances,
this is also a venue for
educational workshops.
Orchard Place E14
+44 (0)20 7515 7153
www.trinitybuoyarts.com
DLR East India
Vinopolis
A grape lover’s paradise,
Vinopolis gives you the
opportunity to explore
(and taste!) different
wine regions.
Bank End SE1
+44 (0)870 241 4040
www.vinopolis.co.uk
U London Bridge
Further Afield
Leeds Castle
Kent’s elegant castle not
only offers an evocative
tour of its rooms, but
the chance to enjoy the
extensive grounds.
Maidstone, Kent ME17
+44 (0)1622 765400
www.leeds-castle.com
Q Maidstone
Windsor Castle
Although this magnificent
castle has existed for more
than 900 years, it is still
a working royal residence
today.
Windsor, Berkshire SL4
+44 (0)20 7766 7304
www.royal.gov.uk
Q Windsor
Attractions
Amora
The Academy of Sex and
Relationships offers a
fascinating insight into
these universal themes.
London Trocadero
Coventry St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 2529
www.amoralondon.com
U Piccadilly Circus
British Airways
London Eye
This 135m-high
observation wheel affords
views over the whole of
London. Celebrate that
special occasion with a
‘Champagne Capsule’.
South Bank SE1
+44 (0)870 990 8883
www.londoneye.com
U Waterloo/Westminster
Fuller’s Griffin
Brewery
Discover the beer-making
secrets of this historic
brewery, then sample a
pint or two for yourself!
Chiswick Lane South W4
+44 (0)20 8996 2000
www.fullers.co.uk
U Turnham Green
London Aquarium
Walk among everything
from starfish to sharks,
stingrays to crabs, at this
spectacular, £25-million
underwater world.
South Bank SE1
+44 (0)20 7967 8000
www.londonaquarium.co.uk
U Waterloo
London Dungeon
With attractions such
as The Great Plague,
The Ripper and The
Torture Chamber, you’re
guaranteed a spine-chilling
time! Beware, as some of
the exhibits have a habit
of coming back to life…
Tooley St SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 7221
www.thedungeons.com
U London Bridge
Windsor Castle
Legend has it that if the
ravens leave the Tower
of London, the British
monarchy will fall. Initially
a potent symbol of Norman
power following the
conquest in 1066, today, it’s
home to the Crown Jewels.
Buckingham Palace
is where the Queen and
Prince Philip live while in
the capital. From July to
September, the palace’s
lavish State Rooms are
open to the public. Prince
Charles and his sons
are based at Clarence
House, also open during
the summer. In front of
Buckingham Palace are the
Queen Victoria Memorial
and the Mall.
From Hampton Court
Palace, home to Henry
VIII, to Westminster, scene
of every coronation since
1066, and not forgetting
historic Greenwich, there is
plenty of Royal London to
see and enjoy.
Royal
London
Tower of London
London Zoo
Get closer to animals and
wildlife at London Zoo.
Gorilla Kingdom opens
Easter 2007, along with
‘Into Africa’ where you’ll
find giraffes, zebras and
many more exotic animals.
Outer Circle,
Regent’s Park NW1
+44 (0)20 7722 3333
www.zsl.org/london-zoo
U Camden Town
Madame Tussauds
Cuddle Brad Pitt or touch
Kylie Minogue’s bottom at
the world’s most famous
waxworks collection.
Marylebone Rd NW1
+44 (0)870 999 0046
www.madame-tussauds.co.uk
U Baker Street
Tower Bridge
Exhibition
Enjoy amazing views of the
Thames and learn about
the iconic bridge’s history.
Tower Bridge SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3761
www.towerbridge.org.uk
U Tower Hill
Tower of London
This 900-year-old building
has been the scene of many
a bloody royal intrigue.
Tower of London E1
+44 (0)870 756 6060
www.hrp.org.uk
U Tower Hill
London Zoo
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Open daily, except during royal visits
+44 (0)20 7766 7304 www.royalcollection.org.uk
Ham St, Ham TW10
+44 (0)20 8940 1950
www.nationaltrust.org.
uk/places/hamhouse
Q Kingston/Richmond
Jewel Tower
One of only two surviving
buildings of the original
Palace of Westminster.
Abingdon St SW1P
+44 (0)20 7222 2219
www.english-heritage.
org.uk
U Westminster
Kensington Palace
The former home of the late
Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kensington Gardens W8
+44 (0)870 751 5170
www.hrp.org.uk
U High St Kensington
Marble Hill House
A lovely Palladian villa set
in 66 acres of parkland.
Richmond Rd TW1
+44 (0)20 8892 5115
www.english-heritage.
org.uk
U Richmond
Osterley Park House
This neoclassical house is
situated in farmland to the
west of London.
Isleworth, Middlesex TW7
+44 (0)20 8232 5050
www.osterleypark.org.uk
U Osterley
The Queen’s House
Designed for the wife of
James I, this now houses
a fine-art collection.
Romney Rd SE10
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
www.nmm.ac.uk
DLR Cutty Sark for
Maritime Greenwich
Ranger’s House
An 18th-century
Greenwich landmark.
Chesterfield Walk SE1
+44 (0)20 8853 0035
www.english-heritage.
org.uk
U Greenwich
Red House
Commissioned by William
Morris and central to the
Arts and Crafts Movement.
Red House Lane,
Bexleyheath, Kent DA6
+44 (0)1494 559799
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Q Bexleyheath
The Royal Mews
Houses the stables for
Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace Rd
SW1
+44 (0)20 7766 7302
www.royal.gov.uk
U St James’s Park
Sutton House
A great example of
Tudor architecture.
Homerton High Street E9
+44 (0)20 8986 2264
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Q Hackney Central
Syon House
Elegant state rooms and
gardens set in a beautiful
park by the Thames.
Brentford, Middlesex TW8
+44 (0)20 8560 0881
www.syonpark.co.uk
Q Brentford
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Apsley House
Also known as ‘Number
One, London’, this was
the home of the first Duke
of Wellington. Today, it
houses his art collection.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7499 5676
www.english-heritage.
org.uk
U Hyde Park Corner
Baden-Powell House
Explore the history of
Baden-Powell’s Scout
and Guide movements.
Queen’s Gate SW7
+44 (0)20 7584 7031
www.rbkc.gov.uk
U Gloucester Road
The Banqueting
House
Built to house James I,
this was also the scene
of Charles I’s execution.
Whitehall SW1
+44 (0)870 751 5178
www.hrp.org.uk
U Charing Cross
Buckingham Palace
The Royal residence in
London since 1837. The
State Rooms and gardens
are open in the summer.
The Mall SW1
+44 (0)20 7766 7301
www.royal.gov.uk
U Green Park/Victoria
Carlyle’s House
The writer Thomas Carlyle
entertained the ‘in crowd’
of the Victorian era here.
Cheyne Row SW3
+44 (0)20 7352 7087
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
U Sloane Square
Chiswick House
A fine 18th-century building
within glorious grounds.
Burlington Lane W4
+44 (0)20 8995 0508
Q Turnham Green
Fenton House
This 17th-century house
has elegant exhibits and
wonderful gardens.
Windmill Hill NW3
+44 (0)20 7435 3471
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
U Hampstead
Hampton Court
Palace
One of the most beautiful
of the Royal Palaces.
Famous for its maze, as
well as its Tudor history.
East Molesey, Surrey KT8
+44 (0)870 751 5175
www.hrp.org.uk
Q Hampton Court
Ham House
A Tudor house with a
history steeped in the Civil
War – and lots of fine art.
Enjoy a glimpse inside some of the
capital’s more stately residences
Houses &
Palaces
Kensington Palace
While you’re exploring the
capital by foot, be sure to keep
a look out for blue plaques
– a familiar and much-loved
feature of London streets.
Found on both grand houses
and humble dwellings, these
plaques all have one thing
in common: they celebrate
great figures of the past
who once lived or worked
at that address, giving their
profession and the year/s they
stayed there. From artists
and authors to politicians
and scientists, there are
now more than 800 plaques
commemorating the capital’s
more renowned residents
– such as Agatha Christie and
Mahatma Gandhi, to name
but two. As well as being
fun to spot, they provide a
fascinating picture of the city’s
history. For specific locations,
go to www.blueplaque.com.
All London Tours
This US-based website
offers a wide variety of
themed tours around
London.
www.alllondontours.com
A Nous Deux
Londres!
Both pre-booked and turn
up and go guided tours are
offered in French.
+44 (0)20 8876 0429
www.anousdeuxlondres.
co.uk
Astral Travels
Take a small group tour
by minibus, including a
Sinister Murder Tour and
a Pub Tour.
+44 (0)870 225 5303
www.astraltravels.co.uk
BBC Television
Centre Tours
Explore the famous
White City studios and
visit BBC News on a tour
lasting up to two hours.
Pre-booking is essential.
+44 (0)870 603 0304
www.bbc.co.uk/tours
The Big Bus
Company
Hop-on, hop-off tours
of the capital with
commentary, available
in eight languages.
+44 (0)20 7233 9533
www.bigbustours.com
BlueBrolly London
Audio Walks
Download a range of
London tours onto your
MP3 or iPod, then walk
around at a time that’s
convenient for you, and
at your own pace.
www.bluebrolly.com
British Tours
Comprehensive tours
of the major London
attractions, as well as
lesser-known gems.
+44 (0)20 7734 8734
www.britishtours.com
Golden Tours
Popular tours include
Madame Tussauds and
the London Dungeon.
+44 (0)20 7233 7030
www.londongrayline.com
Good Company
Private sightseeing tours
by car with a guide.
Linguists available.
+44 (0)20 7267 5340
The London Bicycle
Tour Company
Offers three-hour
guided bike tours –
cycles can be hired.
+44 (0)20 7928 6838
www.londonbicycle.com
London TLC
Tours combine culture,
sightseeing and English
language tuition.
+ 44 (0)7944 561 477
www.london-tlc.com
London Tours
Visit the city by boat,
bus or on foot. Tours
are available in many
languages and include a
Jack the Ripper pub tour
in the evening.
+44 (0)20 7233 3569
www.londontourguides.
com
Luxury Vacations UK
Offers a variety of tours:
one visits locations from
the Harry Potter films.
+44(0)20 8669 3666
www.luxuryvacations
uk.com
Magnus Nielsen
Tours
An independent ‘Blue
Badge’ guide and a born
and bred Londoner who
is proud to show visitors
around the city.
+44 (020) 7625 9632
The Original London
Sightseeing Tour
Runs regular tours and you
can hop on and hop off at
over 90 stops en route.
+44 (0)20 8877 2120
www.theoriginaltour.com
The Original
London Walks
Tours include a Beatles
walk and a Sherlock
Holmes walk.
+44 (0)20 7624 3978
www.walks.com
21st Century Travel
Offers full-day, half-day
and evening tours.
+44 (0)870 225 6263
www.bestvaluetours.co.uk
See page 39 for details
of river tours
Get the most out of your London
visit with the help of a guide
Tours To fi nd out
about more
London tours go to
visitlondon.com
Blue
Plaques
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A trip to London isn’t complete
without a visit to Tate Britain and
Tate Modern. See outstanding
art, spectacular buildings and
amazing exhibitions – all in
the heart of London.
Tate Britain
Tate’s Collection of British art from 1500 to the
present day, seen in the BP British Art Displays.
Supported by BP
Admission free
Pimlico/Vauxhall Millbank
Tate Modern
The leading gallery of international modern
and contemporary art, showcasing the UBS
Openings: Tate Modern Collection displays.
Opening up art
Tate Modern Collection with UBS
Admission free
Southwark/Blackfriars Bankside
To find out more, visit www.tate.org.uk
and sign up for free monthly email bulletins
or call 020 7887 8888
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Bank of England
Museum
Telling the story of
England’s central bank
since its beginnings
in 1694, this museum
includes coins, Roman
gold and paintings.
Threadneedle St EC2
+44 (0)20 7601 5545
www.bankofengland.co.uk
U Bank
The British Museum
Artefacts from prehistoric
times through the ages
are on display, alongside
special exhibitions. A
spectacular glass roof
designed by Sir Norman
Foster was unveiled in
2000 and the reading
room has been carefully
restored to its former glory.
Great Russell St WC1
+44 (0)20 7323 8299
www.thebritish
museum.ac.uk
U Tottenham Ct Road
Cabinet War Rooms
and Churchill
Museum
Visit the underground
rooms in which Winston
Churchill organised
Britain’s campaign
against Hitler’s Nazis.
King Charles St SW1
+44 (0)20 7930 6961
http://cwr.iwm.org.uk
U Westminster
Design Museum
Housed in a former
banana warehouse, this
museum celebrates
industrial design, graphics,
multimedia, fashion and
architectural design.
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)870 833 9955
www.designmuseum.org
U London Bridge
The Fan Museum
Some 3,500 fans from the
11th century to the present
day are featured here.
There is also an orangery
and tranquil garden.
Crooms Hill SE10
+44 (0)20 8305 1441
www.fan-museum.org
DLR Cutty Sark for
Maritime Greenwich
The Foundling
Museum
Exhibits tell the story of
the Foundling Hospital,
London’s first home for
abandoned children.
Brunswick Square WC1
+44 (0)20 7841 3600
www.foundlingmuseum.
org.uk
U Russell Square
Geffrye Museum
Changing fashions in
English domestic interiors
from the 17th century
onwards are the focus of
this museum.
Kingsland Rd E2
+44 (0)20 7739 9893
www.geffrye-museum.
org.uk
U Old Street
Guards Museum
Uniforms, weapons,
medals, pictures and other
memorabilia tell the story
of the Foot Guards in
both war and peacetime.
Wellington Barracks,
Birdcage Walk SW1
+44 (0)20 7414 3428
www.armymuseums.
org.uk
U St James’s Park
Handel House
Museum
Situated in the former
home of composer George
Frederick Handel, where
he wrote some of his finest
works, including Messiah.
Brook St W1
+44 (0)20 7495 1685
www.handelhouse.org
U Bond Street
Imperial War
Museum
Discover the history of
conflict involving Britain
from WW1 to the present
day. (Its partner museum
in Cambridgeshire, the
Imperial War Museum
Duxford, has more
aircraft and vehicles.)
Lambeth Rd SE1
+44 (0)20 7416 5320
www.iwm.org.uk
U Lambeth North
The Jewish Museum
Permanent and temporary
collections across two sites
explore Jewish history,
culture and religion, both
in Britain and beyond.
Exhibits include fine art,
books and furniture.
www.jewishmuseum.
org.uk
Albert Street NW1
+44 (0)20 7284 1997
U Camden Town
East End Rd N3
+44 (0)20 8349 1143
U Finchley Central
London’s Transport
Museum
Marvel at a vast collection
of vehicles, uniforms, signs,
posters and photographs
from a bygone age.
The museum is closed
until summer 2007 for
refurbishment.
Wellington St WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 6344
www.ltmuseum.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Whatever your interests, there’ll
be a place that has it covered
Museums
British Museum
Geffrye Museum
Science Museum
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Museum of London
Tells the story of this
vibrant city from its earliest
beginnings. Exhibits
include artefacts from
Roman Londinium.
London Wall EC2
+44 (0)870 444 3851
www.museumoflondon.
org.uk
U Barbican
National Army
Museum
Exhibits at this museum
chart the history of the
British army from the time
of the Redcoats in 1415 to
the present day.
Royal Hospital Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7730 0717
www.national-army-
museum.ac.uk
U Sloane Square
National Maritime
Museum
A fascinating exploration
into centuries of British
sea travel, by way of
exhibits and works of art.
Park Row SE10
+44 (0)20 8312 6565
www.nmm.ac.uk
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Natural History
Museum
You could spend all day at
this vast museum and still
not see everything. Cower
at the feet of a lifesized
T-Rex replica, experience
an ‘earthquake’ and
discover nature at work
in the Wildlife Garden.
The marvellous Victorian
architecture alone will
leave you in awe.
Cromwell Rd SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
www.nhm.ac.uk
U South Kensington
Royal Air Force
Museum
Both young adventurers
and air historians will love
looking around more than
100 aircraft from around
the world. The museum
also includes uniforms,
fine art and photography.
Grahame Park Way
NW9
+44 (0)20 8205 2266
www.rafmuseum.org.uk
U Colindale
Science Museum
There’s plenty for both
kids and adults to get their
hands on here – 300,000
objects cover science,
technology and medicine.
There’s also an IMAX
3D cinema, showing a
changing programme
of educational films.
Exhibition Rd SW7
+44 (0)870 870 4868
www.sciencemuseum.
org.uk
U South Kensington
Sir John Soane’s
Museum
Former house of a
renowned architect, the
museum is packed full of
sculpture and art.
Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2
+44 (0)20 7405 2107
www.soane.org
U Holborn
Theatre Museum
The history of theatre
in London’s West End
comes to life, with
exhibitions and activities
for children and adults.
Russell St WC2
+44 (0)20 7943 4700
www.theatremuseum.
org.uk
U Covent Garden
2 Willow Road
Once the home of
celebrated Modernist
architect Erno Goldfinger,
the house retains its
original furnishings,
including fine art.
Willow Road NW3
+44 (0)20 7435 6166
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
U Hampstead
V&A Museum
of Childhood
Naturally for a museum
that’s dedicated to
the history of play and
childhood, there’s plenty
of activities here to keep
kids entertained.
Cambridge Heath Rd E2
+44 (0)20 8983 5200
www.vam.ac.uk
U Bethnal Green
V&A South
Kensington
Celebrating art and design,
with everything from
sculpture to ceramics,
textiles to furniture.
Cromwell Rd SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
www.vam.ac.uk
U South Kensington
Winston Churchill’s
Britain at War
Relive the experiences of
British people during WWII
at this fascinating exhibit.
Tooley St SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3171
www.britainatwar.co.uk
U London Bridge
The London Pass is a visitor
card that will save you
money. From just £12 a day,
you get free entry to over 50
top London attractions. You
also get a free informative
guide book and can jump
to the front of queues. Go
to www.londonpass.com or
visitlondon.com to find out
more and buy the pass.
National Maritime Museum
V&A South Kensington
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Artists
Every Sunday, over 250
artists and craftsmen
display and sell their
original works along the
railings of Hyde Park and
Kensington Gardens.
Bayswater Rd W2
www.bayswater-road-
artists.com
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Ben Uri Gallery,
The London Jewish
Museum of Art
Historical and
contemporary artworks
by British, European
and Israeli Jews.
Boundary Rd NW8
+44 (0)20 7604 3991
www.benuri.org.uk
U St John’s Wood
Courtauld Institute
of Art Gallery
Michelangelo, Rembrandt,
Cezanne and Turner are
among the masters
on display at this
important collection.
Furniture and ceramics
are also represented.
Somerset House,
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7848 2526
www.courtauld.ac.uk
U Charing Cross
Dali Universe
More than 500 of
surrealist genius Salvador
Dali’s works are on
display at this labyrinth
of eccentricity.
County Hall SE1
+44 (0)870 744 7485
www.countyhall
gallery.com
UWaterloo
Dulwich Picture
Gallery
Charming art gallery
situated in the leafy
village of Dulwich.
Gallery Road SE21
+44 (0)20 8693 5254
www.dulwichpicturegallery.
org.uk
UWest Dulwich
Estorick Collection
of Modern
Italian Art
Housed in a grade II-listed
building, this is the only
gallery in Britain that is
dedicated to the work of
modern Italian artists.
Canonbury Square N1
+44 (0)20 7704 9522
www.estorickcollection.com
U Highbury & Islington
Gilbert Collection
The late Sir Arthur
Gilbert’s collection
includes Italian mosaics,
gold boxes and plenty
of his beloved silver.
Somerset House,
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7420 9400
www.gilbert-collection.
org.uk
U Charing Cross
Guildhall Art
Gallery
Changing exhibitions
of art and photography
– from Victorian to
modern-day works.
Guildhall Yard EC2
+44 (0)20 7332 3700
www.guildhall-art-gallery.
org.uk
U Bank
Hayward Gallery
With a focus on 20th-
century art, the Hayward
features everything from
sculpture to photography.
South Bank Centre,
Belvedere Rd SE1
+44 (0)20 7921 0813
www.hayward.org.uk
U Waterloo
The Hermitage
Rooms
An introduction to,
and featuring exhibits
from, the world-famous
Hermitage Museum of
St Petersburg in Russia.
Somerset House,
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
www.hermitagerooms.com
U Charing Cross
From Old Masters to multimedia
installations, London has it all
Galleries
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to fi nd out
The Hayward Gallery
There are 17 national museums and galleries in London that
have free entrance, including the British Museum, National
Gallery, Tate Modern and the V&A.
Tate Britain also offers half-price entry to paid-for exhibitions
during its evening sessions on the first Friday of every month.
London’s galleries host a wide range of exhibitions with
approximately 49 exhibitions open to the public every day!
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Workshop
Enjoy a free glassblowing
demonstration and pick
up some bargain gifts.
The Leather Market,
Weston St SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 2800
U London Bridge
The National Gallery
Houses a collection of
European paintings from
1250 to 1900, including
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
www.nationalgallery.org.uk
U Charing Cross
National Portrait
Gallery
Politicians, monarchs and
TV celebrities are among
those who are spotlighted
in this collection of
paintings, photography
and illustrations.
St Martin’s Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
www.npg.org.uk
U Leicester Square
The Queen’s Gallery
Part of Buckingham
Palace, this gallery offers
the chance to see a
selection of items from
the Royal Collection.
Buckingham
Palace Rd SW1
+44 (0)20 7766 7301
www.royal.gov.uk
U Victoria
Royal Academy
of Arts
An outstanding
permanent collection
shares space with
temporary exhibitions.
Burlington House,
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
www.royalacademy.org.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
The Saatchi Gallery
Advertising mastermind
Charles Saatchi’s new
gallery space is due to
open in 2007.
Duke of York’s
HQ Building SW3
+44 (0)20 7823 2363
www.saatchigallery.com
U Sloane Square
Serpentine Gallery
Taking its name from
the nearby lake, the
Serpentine exhibits
contemporary art in
a 1930s tea pavilion.
Kensington Gardens W2
www.serpentinegallery.org
U Queensway
Tate Britain
British art from 1500
onwards is displayed at
this Thameside gallery,
along with regular major
visiting exhibitions.
Millbank SW1
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
www.tate.org.uk
U Pimlico/Vauxhall
Tate Modern
This iconic building on
the South Bank is the
home of modern and
contemporary art in
London.
Bankside SE1
+44 (0)20 7887 8000
www.tate.org.uk
U London Bridge
Wallace Collection
A collection of 18th-
century French painting,
furniture and porcelain.
Hertford House,
Manchester Sq W1
+ 44 (0)20 7563 9500
www.wallacecollection.org
U Bond Street
Whitechapel
Exhibitions, films and
talks feature at this
modern gallery.
Whitechapel High St E1
+44 (0)20 7522 7888
www.whitechapel.org
U Aldgate East
White Cube
Jay Jopling’s trendy
gallery showcases
imaginative talent
by British artists.
Hoxton Sq N1
+44 (0)20 7749 7450
www.whitecube.com
U Old Street
“The DNA of this city is constantly
evolving so the adventurous will
never be bored”
Jason, music consultant, Australia
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The Museum Building
The All England Lawn
Tennis & Croquet Club
Church Road,
Wimbledon
London, SW19 5AE
Open Daily
10.30am until 5.00pm
Nearest Underground:
Southfields
Telephone:
020 8946 6131
Celebrate Wimbledon
at the new world-class
Museum.
With its unique access
to the legendary players
the Museum provides a
closer view of tennis than
ever before through its
artefacts, inter-actives
and films, its amazing
200° Cinema taking a
3-D look at the Science
of Tennis, and its
award-winning behind-
the-scenes tour.
www.wimbledon.org/museum
Wimbledon direct to
your cameraphone.
Visit www.upcomm.net
on your phone for a
free download.
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Adults £10.00, Senior and Students £7.00, Children £6.00,
Family £27.00. Group rates available.
020 7616 8595/6 www.lords.org
*except major match days and preparation days.
Call for full details and bookings.
Open All Year*
Tours at noon & 2pm
MAKE ADAY OF IT!
A scrum machine to test your strength,
special exhibitions, an audio-visual theatre
to watch timeless rugby moments and
everything you could ever want to know
about world rugby – find all this and more
at the Museum of Rugby. You also get a
behind the scenes look at the home of
England Rugby with our stadium tours.
Museum of Rugby & Stadium Tours
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun11am-5pm
For further information or to book, visit
rfu.com/microsites/museum
or call 0870 405 2001
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Outdoors
From river cruises and expansive parks, to world-class
spectator sports and boating on the Serpentine, there are
enough al fresco activities to keep any visitor satisfied
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Colourful history, fascinating wildlife and some of
the finest watering holes in the capital vie for your
attention along the Thames, London’s main artery
The South Bank
Stretching east from
Westminster Bridge, the
South Bank is home to
many of London’s most
celebrated attractions.
The only problem is
knowing where to start!
If culture’s your thing,
head for the Dali
Universe and County
Hall Gallery, the
Royal Festival Hall,
the Hayward Gallery
and the National Film
Theatre. Kids will love
the London Aquarium
and the British Airways
London Eye, which offers
incredible views over the
capital’s rooftops – as
does the swish eighth-
floor restaurant at the
The River
Richmond
Upon Thames
to Putney
From Richmond, with its
waterfront bars, cobbled
streets lined with chic
boutiques, vast deer park
and Royal history (Henry
VIII and Elizabeth I both
stayed at Richmond
Palace), the river runs
east to Kew, where
attractions include the
Royal Botanic Gardens
and Kew Palace. It then
continues past Barnes,
home of the London
Wetland Centre, to
Putney. Visit in April and
you might catch the start
of the annual Oxford/
Cambridge University
Boat Race.
London’s canals are
a hidden delight often
overlooked by visitors
and locals alike…
Oxo Tower. Or you could
just sit in the sunshine
and cheer on the throng
of street entertainers
that line the promenade.
As the sun goes down,
admire the fabulous
views east and west
from Waterloo Bridge.
Bankside
Built six years ago from
the derelict remains of
a power station, Tate
Modern has emerged as
an iconic centre for the
arts in Britain. Besides
its collection – art from
1900 onwards – its walls
contain highly rated
cafés and restaurants
with spectacular views
of the Thames and St
Paul’s Cathedral. By the
Tate, you can view the
Millennium Bridge, the
first footbridge to be
built across the river in
over a century. Nearby
is the Golden Hinde,
a replica of Sir Francis
Drake’s 16th-century
galleon, and HMS
Belfast, a World War
II battleship and naval
museum. Further along is
Shakespeare’s Globe, an
accurate reconstruction
of the Elizabethan
theatre where the
playwright worked, and
a venue for open-air
performances during the
summer. Winelovers will
want to visit Vinopolis,
a museum celebrating
wine, and, further
along, Hay’s Galleria, a
collection of shops, bars
and restaurants.
Lazy
days
Richmond
Oxo Tower
HMS Belfast
Regent’s Canal
The Southbank
Tower Bridge The South Bank
There’s no better way
to relieve the stresses
of everyday life than by
enjoying an idyllic cruise
on a canalboat through
the capital’s network of
waterways. Such trips
offer access to wonderful
scenery and a whole world
of wildlife that you would
otherwise be unable to see.
Several companies run
boats along the Regent’s
Canal, from Little Venice,
with its quaint riverside cafés
and pubs, to Camden Town,
with its bustling markets
– and many stop off at
London Zoo. There are
also historic canals around
King’s Cross and in the
East End. For further
details, visit www.british
waterwayslondon.co.uk
If you want to find out
more about the history of
London’s canals, head to:
London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Rd N1
+44 (0)20 7713 0836
www.canalmuseum.org.uk
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Tower Bridge
to Greenwich
The Tower of London,
a commanding flint and
stone castle, has been a
feature on the riverscape
of London for 900 years.
Today, its Yeoman
warders also act as tour
guides. Next to the castle
is St Katharine Docks,
thriving with yachts,
bars and restaurants.
Cross Tower Bridge for
City Hall and Butler’s
Wharf, a redevelopment
of waterside warehouses
that includes popular
restaurants such as
Sir Terence Conran’s
Le Pont de la Tour.
After lunch, continue
the Conran theme with
a visit to his Design
Museum. Then catch a
boat to Greenwich for
the Victorian covered
market, National
Maritime Museum, Royal
Naval College, Cutty
Sark – the last of the
tea clippers – Greenwich
Park and many excellent
bars, restaurants
and riverside pubs.
There’s loads
to do on the river!
To fi nd out
more go to
visitlondon.com
Greenwich
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Bateaux London/
Catamaran Cruisers
Enjoy London’s best sights
aboard a restaurant boat.
+44 (0)20 7925 2215
www.catamarancruisers.
co.uk
British Waterways
London
For news and information.
+44 (0)20 7985 7200
www.britishwaterways.
co.uk/london
City Cruises
Offers dinner-dance
and lunch voyages.
+44 (0)20 7740 0400
www.citycruises.com
Crown River Cruises
Take the Circular Cruise,
or charter a boat.
+44 (0)20 7936 2033
www.crownriver.com
Dixie Queen (Thames
Luxury Charters)
Upmarket cruises between
Putney and Thames Barrier.
+44 (0)20 8780 1562
www.thamesluxury
charters.co.uk
London Ducktours
Boasts amphibious
vehicles that travel on
roads and river.
+44 (0)20 7928 3132
www.londonducktours.co.uk
London RIB Voyages
High-speed voyages up
the Thames, complete
with expert guides.
+44 (0)20 7928 2350
www.londonribvoyages.com
London River Services
Information on boat
services and charters.
+44 (0)20 7941 2400
www.tfl.gov.uk/river
London Waterbus
Company
Operates along Regent’s
Canal, linking Little Venice,
London Zoo and Camden.
+44 (0)20 7482 2660
www.londonwaterbus.com
Silver Fleet –
Woods River Cruises
Bespoke boat parties.
+44 (0)20 7481 2711
www.silverfleet.co.uk
Thames Clippers –
The Riverline
Offering commuter services
and popular tourist routes.
+44 (0)870 781 5049
www.thamesclippers.com
Topsail Events & Charters
Spectacular Thames cruises
on beautifully restored
historic ships.
+44 (0)20 7022 2201
www.topsailevents.co.uk
From idyllic cruises to high-speed
voyages, London’s got it covered
Setting Sail
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Parks
Best for...
Views
Richmond Park
Wildlife
London Wetland Centre
Flower Displays
Kew Gardens
Boating
Hyde Park
Kids
Regent’s Park
Get away from it all with a visit
to one of the capital’s green oases
Battersea Park
Just over the river from
Chelsea, this park boasts
tennis courts, a bowling
green, a lake thriving
with all manner of wildlife
and the Pump House
Gallery. Little ones will
love the adventure
playground and zoo.
www.batterseapark.org
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Chelsea Physic
Garden
Founded in 1673, this
is one of Europe’s oldest
botanic gardens.
Highlights include
England’s oldest rock
garden and the largest
fruit-bearing olive tree
in Britain.
www.chelseaphysic
garden.co.uk
U Sloane Square
Hampstead Heath
Just four miles from
the centre of London,
Hampstead Heath is
a sprawling 800-acre
green space boasting
ancient woodland, 25
ponds and eight children’s
play areas, in addition
to English Heritage’s
Kenwood House.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
U Hampstead
Holland Park
One of London’s best-
kept parks. Features
include rose gardens,
an ecology centre, a wide
variety of sports pitches,
children’s play areas –
including an under-eights
section – and a dog run.
www.rbkc.gov.uk/
parksandgardens
U Holland Park
London Wetland
Centre
As well as attracting 180
wild bird species every
year, this man-made
wetland park is home
to eight types of bat,
seven types of reptiles/
amphibians, and over
half the UK’s dragonfly
and damselfly species.
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/
wetlandcentre
U Hammersmith, then
take the special 283
Duck Bus
Morden Hall Park
A former deer park, this
picturesque place is
peppered with pretty
18th-century buildings
and waterways.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
places/mordenhallpark
U Morden
Painshill Park
History, art and landscape
come together at this
spacious park in Surrey,
promising a great day out
for all the family.
www.painshill.co.uk
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Cobham/Weybridge
Primrose Hill
Once part of a great chase
that was appropriated by
Henry VIII, this much-
loved green space offers
one of the loftiest vantage
points over the city.
www.primrosehill.com
U Camden Town
Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew
This World Heritage Site
is a must for garden lovers,
boasting more plant and
flower species than any
other garden in the world.
www.rbgkew.org.uk
U Kew Gardens
Tibetan Peace Garden
The perfect spot for a bit of
quiet contemplation –
especially given its
poignant setting, so near
to the magnificent Imperial
War Museum.
St George’s Rd SE1
U Elephant & Castle
Summer
Concerts
Kenwood House
When the sun shines,
around 10,000 people take
to the great outdoors for a
picnic and performance on
Saturday nights from June
to the end of August. As
the perfect finale to the
evening, most concerts
end with a stunning
London Wetland Centre
Holland Park
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fireworks display over
the lake. Concerts may
be cancelled due to bad
weather.
www.picnicconcerts.com
U East Finchley/
Golders Green
Holland Park
For the quintessential
English experience, you
need look no further than
the al fresco opera season
that takes place under
canopy cover in Holland
Park. The season runs for
nine weeks from early June
to August. First-timers
mingle with music buffs for
a picnic followed by a
classic opera. As darkness
falls, the park’s peacocks
provide an atmospheric
background chorus.
www.operahollandpark.
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Marble Hill
The magnificent riverside
villa in leafy Twickenham
provides a suitably
atmospheric backdrop
for a series of popular
music concerts. Make sure
you arrive early to enjoy
a stroll through the
beautiful gardens.
www.picnicconcerts.com
U Richmond
Royal Parks
The city’s nine Royal Parks encompass 5,000
acres of carefully conserved historic parkland
Brompton
Cemetery
The only Crown
Cemetery in London,
Brompton is also
one of the finest
in the country. It’s
a haven for wildlife.
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Bushy Park
The second largest
of the Royal Parks,
Bushy is situated
north of Hampton
Court, so you can
visit both in a day.
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Green Park
The smallest of
London’s Royal Parks,
this former duelling
ground is a great
place to sit and soak
up the sun. And if
you fancy treating
yourself, pop into the
Ritz next door for tea.
U Green Park
Greenwich Park
Spot fallow and red
deer, and enjoy
fabulous views of the
River Thames and St
Paul’s Cathedral, at
the oldest enclosed
Royal park in London.
It’s also home to the
National Maritime
Museum and the
Royal Observatory.
DLR Cutty Sark for
Maritime Greenwich
Hyde Park
Visitors flock to this
vast oasis in the heart
of London to row on
the Serpentine lake,
take a horse ride
among the ancient
trees, visit Kensington
Palace, listen to
tomorrow’s politicians
at Speakers Corner,
enjoy a spot of early
morning tai chi or
relax with a picnic.
U Hyde Park
Corner/
Lancaster Gate
Kensington
Gardens
Formal avenues and
ornamental flower
beds create the
perfect setting for
Kensington Palace,
the Albert Memorial
and Serpentine
Gallery.
U Lancaster Gate
St James’s Park
Surrounded by three
Royal palaces, and
featuring a lake that
harbours ducks,
geese and pelicans, St
James’s Park is a
perfect picnic spot for
historians and
birdwatchers alike.
U St James’s Park
Regent’s Park
Designed in 1811 by
celebrated architect
John Nash, Regent’s
Park is the largest
outdoor sports area
in London. Other
features include an
open-air theatre,
a vast rose garden,
playgrounds and
London Zoo.
U Camden Town
Richmond Park
Once a Royal hunting
ground, this 2,000-
acre park offers the
chance to walk
among roaming deer,
as well as an
uninterrupted view
of St Paul’s Cathedral,
12 miles away.
U Richmond
Richmond Park
Kenwood House
For further information on
all the Royal Parks go to
www.royalparks.gov.uk
The Hotel at Chelsea
complex may be home
to one of the world’s best
football clubs (Chelsea FC),
but there’s so much more
to it than that. Besides the
275-room hotel, there are
five restaurants/bars, a
state-of-the-art spa and
the Chelsea Megastore
– all open to non-residents.
Stadium tours are also
available (see right). What’s
more, the complex is close
to the trendy King’s Road.
The Hotel at Chelsea
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7565 1400
www.thehotelatchelsea.com
U Fulham Broadway
There’s no place like London for
great sporting traditions…
Sport
Athletics
On your marks, get
set, go! That’s a phrase
you’ll be hearing a lot
of in London in a few
years, as the city is set to
host the Olympic and
Paralympic Games in
2012 (www.london2012.
org). London has a
strong athletics tradition –
every April, its streets teem
with runners taking part in
the London Marathon,
while runners and riders
– and swimmers – pit
their wits in the London
Triathlon (see Get Active,
right). And world-class
meetings are regularly
held at Crystal Palace
Athletics Stadium
(www.runtrackdir.com).
Cricket
Lord’s (www.lords.org)
is renowned as being
the home of cricket. It’s
no surprise, then, that
thousands of visitors
make the pilgrimage,
either to watch an
international test or
one-day event, or to
take a 90-minute tour
of the venue and visit
its artefact-rammed
museum, which covers
400 years of cricketing
history (see Tours, right).
London is also home
to The Oval (www.
surreycricket.com).
It was here, at Surrey
County Cricket Club’s
ground, that an Andrew
Flintoff-inspired England
secured their famous
Ashes victory over
Australia in 2005.
Cycling
Take care when crossing
the road between 6-8
July, as, for the first
time ever, the Tour de
France (www.tourde
francelondon.com) will
begin in London with
Le Grand Départ!
The opening ceremony
takes place in Trafalgar
Square on Friday 6 July,
followed by the time
trials the following day.
Then, on the Sunday, the
cyclists will pedal to Kent
for Stage One, which
ends in Canterbury. For
information on cycling
in London, see page 90.
Football
Right now, there’s no
better place to sample
English football at its
best than in London. As
well as being the home
of the recently rebuilt
Wembley Stadium
(www.wembleystadium.
com) – the venue
for England’s home
international fixtures
– London also boasts
some of the world’s
most prominent
clubs. These include
current Premiership
champions Chelsea
(see box, left), who have
been transformed by
Russian owner Roman
Abramovich’s fortune
and now attract the
world’s top players,
Arsenal (www.arsenal.
com), now running tours
of their new Emirates
Stadium (see Tours,
right), and Mohamed
Al Fayed’s Fulham
(www.fulhamfc.com).
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Lord’s
The Hotel at Chelsea
The Hotel
at Chelsea
The Boat Race, Putney
Horse Racing
A day at the races is a
great experience. Order
some champagne and
watch the jockeys in
the parade ring, then
grab your binoculars
and watch the action
unfurl. There are five
major racecourses in
the London area: Ascot
(www.ascot.co.uk),
Epsom Downs (www.
epsomderby.co.uk)
– home of the famous
Derby – Kempton Park
(www.kempton.co.uk),
Royal Windsor
(www.windsor-
racecourse.co.uk)
and Sandown Park
(www.sandown.co.uk)
Rowing
The annual Boat Race
between the esteemed
universities of Oxford
and Cambridge has
been taking place on
the Thames since 1829.
The race begins in Putney
and finishes four and
a quarter miles later in
Mortlake, with numerous
vantage points – not
to mention pub parties
– along the route. This
year’s race takes place
on Saturday 7 April.
Get Active!
Why not get stuck into the
action yourself?
The Grove
Hotel with golf course.
Chandler’s Cross WD3
+44 (0)1923 807807
www.thegrove.co.uk
Q Watford
Highgate Golf Club
Denewood Rd NW6
+44 (0)20 8340 2745
www.highgategc.co.uk
U Highgate
Hyde Park Stables
Bathurst Mews W2
+44 (0)20 7723 2813
www.hydeparkstables.com
U Lancaster Gate
Ice skating
Enjoy outdoor skating at
various venues in winter.
visitlondon.com
Michelob ULTRA
London Triathlon
Royal Victoria Dock E16
+44 (0)20 7559 2929
www.thelondontriathlon.com
DLR Custom House
Oasis
Sports centre with
indoor swimming pool.
Endell Street WC2
+44 (0)20 7831 1894
www.camden.gov.uk/sport
U Holborn
Regent’s Park Tennis Centre
York Bridge NW1
+44 (0)20 7486 4216
U Regent’s Park
Royal Victoria Dock
Watersports centre
Offers various courses.
Tidal Basin Rd E16
+44 (0)20 8430 2484
U/ DLR Canning Town
UrbanGolf
Indoor golf simulators.
Two venues
+44 (0)20 8430 2484
www.urbangolf.co.uk
TheWestwayClimbingWall
Thorpe Close W10
+44 (0)20 8969 0992
U Latimer Road
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Rugby
As any Englishman will be
only too proud to remind
you, England are the
current world champions.
Whether or not they can
retain their title in France
in autumn 2007 remains
to be seen, but you can
catch all their warm-up
games at Twickenham
Stadium (www.rfu.com).
The stadium also boasts
a rugby museum, which
can be visited during
a tour of the arena
(see Tours, below right).
Tennis
Perfectly tended lawns,
brilliant-white outfits,
strawberries and cream…
Wimbledon (www.
wimbledon.org) is an
experience like no other
– and it’s just a short tube
ride from central London.
A ballot decides who
gets the tickets for the
two main courts, but
you can still catch the
action on the outside
courts by buying tickets
on the day. And don’t
forget to experience
the Wimbledon Lawn
Tennis Museum & Tour
(see Tours, right).
Arsenal FC Tour
Emirates Stadium N7
+44 (0)20 7704 4504
www.arsenal.com
U Arsenal
Chelsea FC Tour
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7386 7799
www.chelseafc.com
U Fulham Broadway
Lord’s Tour
Lord’s NW8
+44 (0)20 7432 1000
www.lords.org/
lords-ground
U St John’s Wood
Twickenham Stadium
Tour & Museum of Rugby
Twickenham
Stadium TW1
+44 (0)20 8892 8877
www.rfu.com
U Twickenham
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis
Museum & Tour
All England Lawn Tennis
& Croquet Club SW19
+44 (0)20 8946 6131
www.wimbledon.org/
museum
U Southfields
Tours
To fi nd out more
about sport in the
capital, go to
visitlondon.com
Ascot
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SHOP
Classic Cool
Contemporary
choice like nowhere else
newwestend.com Bond Street Oxford Street Regent Street
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Shopping
Indulge in a spot of retail therapy. London’s chic
shopping districts and fascinating markets offer
everything from designer labels to bargain buys
Department
Stores & Fashion
Markets
Shopping
Destinations,
Antiques &
Museum Shops
Traditional Shops
& Souvenirs
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Department
Stores
Fenwick
Five floors of men’s and
women’s fashion, as well
as home collections.
New Bond St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 9161
www.fenwick.co.uk
UBond Street
Harrods
As much a tourist
attraction as a department
store, Harrods features
to-die-for fashion and
home collections, plus
a luxurious food hall.
Brompton Rd SW1
+44 (0)20 7730 1234
www.harrods.com
UKnightsbridge
Harvey Nichols
Boasts all your favourite
upmarket labels, as
well as a renowned bar
that stays open after
the store closes.
Knightsbridge SW1
+44 (0)20 7235 5000
www.harveynichols.com
UKnightsbridge
John Lewis
A one-stop shop for
all your fashion,
homeware, electrical
and sporting goods.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 7711
www.johnlewis.com
UOxford Circus
Liberty
This distinctive,
Tudor-fronted building
houses exquisite men’s
and women’s clothes,
homeware and cosmetics.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 1234
www.liberty.co.uk
UOxford Circus
Peter Jones
Choose from a wide range
of clothes, kitchenware,
lighting and gifts, with
many exclusive lines.
Sloane Square SW1
+44 (0)20 7730 3434
www.peterjones.co.uk
USloane Square
Selfridges & Co
Browse the latest
designer labels, play
with the latest gadgets,
eat sushi and drink
champagne at this vast
department store.
Oxford Street W1
+44 (0)8708 377 377
www.selfridges.com
UBond Street
Fashion
Agent Provocateur
Treat yourself to some
luxury lingerie from
this renowned brand.
Bridalwear and cosmetics
are also sold.
Broadwick St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0229
www.agentprovocateur.com
UOxford Circus
The Duffer of
St George
Traditional English designs
with a contemporary
twist. Knitwear and T-
shirts are specialities.
Shorts Gardens WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 3722
www.thedufferofstgeorge.com
UCovent Garden
Esprit
The biggest UK branch
of the global label that’s
strong on casual clothes,
childrenswear and stylish
accessories for the home.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7025 7700
www.esprit.com
UPiccadilly Circus
J&M Davidson
Offers a wide range
of leather bags, belts
and clothing that have
been made to last.
Ledbury Rd W11
+44 (0)20 7313 9532
www.jandmdavidson.com
UNotting Hill Gate
Mulberry
Luxury bags, wallets,
purses, gift ideas and
stationery can be
bought at this British
label’s store.
New Bond St W1
+44 (0)20 7491 3900
www.mulberry.com
UBond Street
New Look
Great women’s fashions
that won’t cost you an
arm and a leg. Particularly
good for shoes.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7025 6700
www.newlook.co.uk
UMarble Arch
Paul Smith
This super-chic British
designer offers classic
tailoring with an
emphasis on quality.
Kensington Park Rd W11
+44 (0)20 7727 3553
www.paulsmith.co.uk
UNotting Hill Gate
Poste Mistress
Everything from Vivienne
Westwood to Converse is
represented at this store,
which is decked out like
a 1970s boudoir.
Monmouth Street WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 4040
UCovent Garden
Shopping
For more
shopping
ideas go to
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Harrods
From famous department stores to
trendy boutiques, London has it all
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Camden Lock Market
This diverse market has undergone a facelift and now
comprises stalls and converted workshops selling everything
from furniture to wedding dresses. You can root around the
nearby Camden Stables Market for antiques, while the
Horse Hospital is pure vintage heaven. Note: Saturday
tends to be less busy than Sunday. Open daily,
www.camdenlockmarket.com U Camden
Columbia Road
Flower Market
Tucked away in the heart
of London’s East End, this
market has blossomed
into one of London’s most
colourful areas. The 50-
plus stalls offer countless
varieties of flowers and
plants, while a host of shops
selling garden bric-a-brac,
vintage clothing and
furniture, and cafés line
the street. Note: overseas
visitors won’t be able to take
plants and flowers home!
Open Sun 8am-2pm,
www.columbia-flower-
market.freewebspace.com
U Bethnal Green
Covent Garden Piazza
It’s easy to see why Covent
Garden Piazza is such a
people magnet. The Italian
neo-classic structure was
designed by Inigo Jones in
1632, and the glass-covered
market at its heart has
become one of London’s best
design showcases. Rows of
colourful barrows selling
arts and crafts fill the North
Hall, while street performers
can regularly be found in
the courtyards – making it
popular with all ages.
Formerly the site of London’s
largest fruit and veg market
(now in Vauxhall), it’s still a
food lover’s paradise with
an array of eateries – so a
lunchtime visit is a must.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm,
Sun 11am-6pm, www.
coventgardenmarket.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Old Spitalfields
Market
The indoor market of
Spitalfields is justifiably
popular, with stalls
offering anything from
dyed sheepskin rugs to
handmade cards, while
the surrounding stores sell
rare posters, books and
great food. There’s
a weekly fashion market
on Friday, but Sunday is
the main day with the
largest number of stalls.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-
4pm, Sun 9am-5pm,
www.visitspitalfields.com
U Liverpool Street
Portobello Road
Market
West London’s renowned
market has it all: plentiful
fruit and veg stalls, retro
clothing and accessories.
And it gets very busy on
Saturdays, when some
1,500 antiques dealers
descend on the Notting
Hill end, so be sure to
sharpen your elbows.
Open Mon-Sat
8am-4.30pm (except
Thurs 8am-1pm),
www.portobelloroad.co.uk
U Ladbroke Grove
With more than 300 street markets
to browse in London, you’re sure
to pick up a bargain
Borough Market is foodie heaven,
offering all kinds of lovingly sourced and
created produce. The City’s Leadenhall
Market is a more affluent affair – the
stunning 19th-century hall offers the likes
of salmon, grouse and oysters. Equally
upmarket, Dover Street Market is as far
removed from the idea of a market as
possible: ‘stall holders’ include Dior’s Hedi
Slimane. The historic Greenwich Market
More Markets
off the beaten track
Camden Lock
Columbia Road
Covent Garden
Portobello Road
serves all your gift needs, with crafts and
speciality foods. Further south, the cute
Merton Abbey Mills Market has stalls
teeming with crafts and other goodies,
while Chelsea Farmers’ Market is a
haven of independent shops on the
King’s Road. Borough Market, open Fri
12-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm, www.borough-
market.org.uk; Chelsea Farmers’ Market,
open Mon-Sat 9.30am-8pm, Sun
10am-6.30pm, www.chelseafarmersmkt.
org; Dover Street Market, open Mon-Sat
11am-6pm, www.doverstreetmarket.
com; Greenwich Market, open Thurs
7.30am-5pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 9.30am-5pm,
www.greenwich-market.co.uk; Leadenhall
Market, open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; Merton
Abbey Mills Market, open Sat, Sun &
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm,
www.mertonabbeymills.com
Cheese at Borough Market
The Open Market
Stella McCartney
Even if you can’t afford
the Beatle’s daughter’s
designs, her catwalk
classics are well worth
a browse.
Bruton St W1
+44 (0)20 7518 3100
www.stellamccartney.co.uk
U Green Park
Topshop
The flagship outlet for
the UK-wide fashion
chain. Four vast floors of
catwalk-based trends,
shoes and accessories
that’ll suit even the
most modest of budgets.
Oxford Circus W1
+44 (0)20 7636 7700
www.topshop.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Turnbull & Asser
Prince Charles is among
the luminaries who buy
their shirts and ties
here. A bespoke service
is available.
Jermyn St SW1
+44 (0)20 7808 3000
www.turnbullandasser.com
U Green Park
Urban Outfitters
Funky clothes, CDs and
quirky household goods
vie for your attention
at this cavernous store.
Kensington High St W8
+44 (0)20 7761 1001
www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
U High St Kensington
Shopping
Destinations
The Brunswick
Fountains and an open
arcade make this recently
developed historic building
a relaxing place to shop.
Judd Street WC1
+44 (0)845 450 5463
www.thebrunswickblooms
bury.com
U Russell Square
Burlington Arcade
London’s most elegant
shopping arcade still
employs ‘Beadles’ who
ensure customers act
with decorum.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7630 3833
www.burlington-arcade.co.uk
U Green Park
Canary Wharf
Three malls house 200-
plus shops and a wide
selection of bars, cafés
and eateries.
+44 (0)20 7477 1477
www.mycanarywharf.com
U/DLR Canary Wharf
Carnaby Street &
Kingly Court
London’s famous street
offers an array of fashion
stores, while Kingly Court
boasts flagship stores and
individual boutiques, with
a piazza-style courtyard.
Carnaby Street W1
www.carnaby.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Duke of York Square
In the heart of trendy
Chelsea, shops include
LK Bennett and Ted Baker.
Off King’s Rd SW3
U Sloane Square
The Mall Ilford
Over 80 shops and
restaurants within easy
reach of central London.
Ilford, Essex
+44 (0)20 8553 3000
www.themall.co.uk
Q Ilford
Seven Dials
Cobbled streets give
Seven Dials a distinct
village feel, but don’t be
fooled: its hip boutiques
keep it very much at the
forefront of fashion.
Off Monmouth St WC2
www.sevendials.co.uk
U Covent Garden
West One Shopping
Situated above Bond
Street underground
station, West One is
perfect for shopping.
U Bond Street
Antiques
Bermondsey Market
This Friday morning
market thrives with
antiques fans bartering
for that old vase or
Edwardian tea chest.
Bermondsey Square SE1
U Bermondsey
Camden Passage
Open from Wednesday to
Saturday, this atmospheric
thoroughfare is a hotpot
of fascinating collectables.
Camden Passage N1
+44 (0)20 7359 0190
www.camdenpassage
islington.co.uk
U Angel
Lots Road
Every Sunday, this
auction house holds
V&A
Best for jewellery
With over 2,000 different
items to choose from, the
V&A shop is a great place
to pick up a gift or souvenir.
The shop’s main appeal is the
replica jewellery inspired by
the museum’s exhibitions.
There’s also William Morris
print scarves and glasswork
by Dale Chihuly, the creator
of the chandelier hanging
in the museum’s dome.
www.vandashop.co.uk
Tate Britain/Modern
Best for books
Tate Modern’s level-two
shop was designed by Swiss
architects Herzog and de
Meuron, and offers an
exclusive leather range by
Bill Amberg, among other
From quality homeware
and toys to limited-
edition jewellery and
books, here are some of
the best items on offer in
London’s top museums
and galleries…
See page 32 for contact details.
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beautiful accessories to tie in
with recent exhibitions. Both
shops specialise in art books.
www.tate.org.uk/shop
The Design Museum
Best for homeware
Stylish works by cutting-
edge designers are up for
grabs here. Tord Boontje
offers up affordable plates
and glasses, while Peter
Saville has signed limited-
edition prints.
www.designmuseum.org
Science Museum
Best for gadgets
Budding Patrick Moores can
splash out on telescopes and
glow-in-the-dark stars, while
James Bond fans will love
the radio-controlled cars.
Bound to be a hit with kids!
www.sciencemuseumstore.com
British Museum
Best for replicas
Among the fascinating items
on offer here are a Chinese
fortune shaker, pottery feng
shui cats and a black-resin
statue of Bastet, the Egyptian
goddess of love.
www.britishmuseum.co.uk
two sales: modern and
traditional furnishings,
followed by antique
furniture and pictures.
Lots Rd SW10
+44(0)20 7376 6800
www.lotsroad.com
U Fulham Broadway
Traditional
The Chocolate
Society
Bonbons, truffles and
Easter Eggs are some of
the delights on offer at
this tempting shop.
Shepherd Market, W1
+44 (0)20 7495 0302
www.chocolate.co.uk
U Green Park
Fortnum & Mason
Ever since it was founded
in 1707, Fortnum & Mason
has been synonymous with
luxury foods – it’s known
as the Queen’s grocer.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7734 8040
www.fortnumandmason.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Hamleys
Kids will love exploring
this vast toy emporium.
With everything from
traditional teddies to
high-tech Robosapiens
on show, don’t expect
to keep your wallet in
your pocket for long!
There’s another branch at
Heathrow Airport, if you
want to keep them happy
during a long flight.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)870 333 2455
www.hamleys.com
U Oxford Circus
James Smith & Sons
Be prepared for all
weathers with a stylish
umbrella from this classic
British institution.
New Oxford St WC1
+44 (0)20 7836 4731
www.james-smith.co.uk
U Tottenham
Court Road
Penhaligon’s
Offering pretty vintage
packaging and distinctive
fragrances, this long-
established store now has
a cult following.
Brook St W1
+44 (0)20 7493 0002
www.penhaligons.co.uk
U Bond Street
R Twining & Co
Anyone for tea? Now
more than 300 years old,
R Twining sells a wide
range of tea leaves and
bags sourced from across
the globe.
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7353 3511
www.twinings.com
U Temple
Smythson
One of the most famous
stationers in the world,
Smythson offers a
bespoke service on
its luxury products.
New Bond Street W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8558
www.smythson.com
U Bond Street
Souvenirs
Crest of London
With nine stores in the
West End, Crest sells
everything from ‘I Love
London’ T-shirts to
fridge magnets – great
for gifts and mementos.
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7935 0044
www.crestoflondon.co uk
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British Museumreplica
“London can’t be beaten for
shopping, from hot new designers
to high street fashion”
Lina, designer, Selfridges
Chutney Mary
London’s most beautiful and
romantic Indian restaurant
with refined gourmet cooking.
Open daily for dinner and on
Saturday and Sunday for lunch.
Private salon seating 24 for
lunch and dinner everyday.
535 Kings Road, Chelsea, London
SW10. Tel: 020 7351 3113
Amaya
The ultimate Indian grill
with lighter food.
Luxurious interiors and
chic cocktails.
In fashionable Knightsbridge.
Private salon seats 14.
Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street,
Knightsbridge, London SW1.
Tel: 020 7823 1166
Veeraswamy
Britain’s oldest Indian restaurant.
The restaurant has just been
recently transformed.
Opulent, playful and
aristocratic 1920s India.
Mezzanine Floor, Victory House,
99 Regent Street, London W1
(entrance located
on Swallow Street).
Tel: 020 7734 1401
Masala Zone
Delicious street foods and
traditional home style cooking
in a lively atmosphere.
No reservations required.
Marshall Street, Soho,
London W1. Tel: 020 7287 9966
80 Upper Street, Islington,
London N1. Tel: 020 7359 3399
141 Earls Court Road,
London SW5. Tel: 020 7373 0220
London’s finest Indian restaurants.
From gourmet to everyday.
info@realindianfood.com www.realindianfood.com
From historic old pubs to hip cocktail bars, and cosy
little cafés to chic celebrity hotspots, there’s something
here to suit all tastes and pockets
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Locations & Cafés
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The Atrium
Enjoy seasonal food
among politicians from the
Houses of Parliament. £££
Millbank SW1
+44 (0)20 7233 0032
www.atriumrestaurant.com
U Westminster
Bank Aldwych
Urban brasserie serving
classics with a twist. £££
Kingsway WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 9797
www.bankrestaurants.
com/aldwych
U Covent Garden
Bluebird
Housed in what was
once Europe’s largest
motor garage, Bluebird
is now a chic café, bar
and brasserie. £££
King’s Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7559 1000
www.conran.com/eat
U Sloane Square
Boisdale
Boisdale comprises a
luxury, lively bar and
restaurant with live jazz
on the menu every night.
Also in Bishopsgate. ££££
Eccleston St SW1
+44 (0)20 7730 6922
www.boisdale.co.uk
U Victoria
The Butlers Wharf
Chop House
Traditional English dishes
served in an airy room
that is reminiscent of
a cricket pavilion. £££
Butlers Wharf Building,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 3403
www.conran.com/eat
U London Bridge
City Café &
Millbank Lounge
Sample modern European
cuisine at the City Café,
then retire to the
Millbank Lounge for a
dram of whisky. £££
John Islip St SW1
+44 (0)20 7630 1000
www.cityinn.com
U St James’s Park
Joanna’s
Buzzing neighbourhood
restaurant with good
views and great wine. £££
Westow Hill SE19
+44 (0)20 8670 4052
www.joannas.uk.com
Q Crystal Palace
Plateau
Two glass-fronted dining
areas – a bar/grill and a
formal restaurant – with
fantastic views. ££££
Canada Place,
Canary Wharf E14
+44 (0)20 7715 7100
www.conran.com/eat
U Canary Wharf
Roast
Fine British cuisine served
in a stunning hall. £££
The Floral Hall,
Stoney St SE1
+44 (0)20 7940 1300
www.roast-restaurant.com
U Borough
S & M Café
S & M stands for sausage
and mash – and this
eatery serves it up, along
with other dishes, in its
original 1920s interior. £
Essex Rd N1
+44 (0)20 7359 5361
www.sandmcafe.co.uk
U Angel
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Blueprint Café
A stunning place to watch
the sun go down over Tower
Bridge. The modern British
food is equally dazzling. £££
Design Museum,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7378 7031
www.conran.com/eat
U London Bridge
Cantina del Ponte
Simple Italian food with
a focus on seasonal
ingredients – and fantastic
views of Tower Bridge. £££
Butlers Wharf Building,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 5403
www.conran.com/eat
U London Bridge
Best
for views
S &MCafé
Simpson’s-in-the-Strand
There’s a culinary cornucopia to
savour in the city’s diverse eateries
There are few things
more romantic than
a splendid vista while
you wine and dine.
Here’s a selection
of our top choices…
Blueprint Café
Sea Shell of
Lisson Grove
Offers a variety of fresh
fish and chips. A takeaway
service is available. ££
Lisson Grove NW1
+44 (0)20 7224 9000
www.seashellrestaurant.
co.uk
U Marylebone
Simpson’s-in-
the-Strand
A collection of unique
‘dining establishments’
serving up English fare
amid dark panelling and
crystal chandeliers. ££££
The Savoy, Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 9112
www.fairmont.com/svy/
simpsons
U Charing Cross
French
Almeida
Restaurant & Bar
Robust, regional French
dishes are served in this
intimate dining room
in Islington. £££
Almeida St N1
+44 (0)20 7354 4777
www.conran.com/eat
U Angel
Bistro 51
Informal bistro offering
delicious French and
English fare. ££
Buckingham Gate SW1
+44 (0)20 7963 8325
www.bistro51.co.uk
U St James’s Park
Bonds Restaurant
Popular with stockbrokers,
serving high-quality
international food. £££
Threadneedle St EC2
+44 (0)20 7657 8090
www.theetoncollection.com
U Bank
Brasserie St Quentin
Serves simple, classic
Gallic fare. £££
Brompton Rd SW3
+44 (0)20 7589 8005
www.brasseriestquentin.
co.uk
U South Kensington
Le Cercle
Club Gascon’s chic sister
offers deliciously creative
French fare. ££££
Wilbraham Place SW1
+44 (0)20 7901 9999
U Sloane Square
Le Pont de la Tour
Offers modern French
cuisine and a vast wine
list. ££££
Butlers Wharf Building,
Shad Thames SE1
+44 (0)20 7403 8403
www.conran.com/eat
U London Bridge
Maze
Gordon Ramsay’s Maze
serves French cuisine with
an Asian influence. £££
Grosvenor Square W1
+44 (0)20 7107 0000
www.gordonramsay.com/
maze
U Green Park
Orrery
Housed in a former stable,
Orrery promises quality
food and wine. ££££
Marylebone High St W1
+44 (0)20 7616 8000
www.conran.com/eat
U Baker Street
Pearl
A range of imaginative
dishes are served up in
a chic setting designed
by the creators of trendy
Nobu. £££
High Holborn WC1
+44 (0)20 7829 7000
www.pearl-restaurant.com
U Holborn
The Wolseley
Modern cuisine dished
up in a grand former
car showroom, complete
with arches, pillars
and stairways. The
Wolseley boasts an
extensive wine list. £££
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7499 6996
www.thewolseley.com
U Piccadilly
Italian
Bertorelli
Restaurant & Bar
Contemporary Italian
food served up in chic,
leather-boothed
surroundings. £££
Frith St W1 and
other locations
+44 (0)20 7494 3491
www.santeonline.co.uk/
bertorelli
U Leicester Square
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Chamberlains
Restaurant
Set in a stunning, Grade II-
listed Victorian building,
this restaurant’s menu
focuses on fish. ££
Leadenhall Market EC3
+44 (0)20 7648 8690
www.chamberlains.org
U Monument
Coq d’Argent
Spectacular views over the
City of London and St Paul’s
Cathedral. And there’s even
a lawned terrace for those
warm summer evenings. ££
Poultry EC2
+44 (0)20 7395 5000
www.conran.com/eat
U Bank
Galvin at Windows
Situated on the 28th floor,
this French restaurant named
after its Chef Patron has
unparalleled city views. ££££
The London Hilton on
Park Lane, Park Lane W1
+44 (0)20 7493 8000
www.hilton.co.uk
U Hyde Park Corner
Kensington
Roof Gardens
High above Kensington High
Street, this unique restaurant
boasts exotic gardens and
views of London’s skyline. £££
Kensington High St
+44 (0)20 7368 3993
www.roofgardens.com
U Kensington High Street
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De Cecco
Classic Italian dishes
in a warm and relaxed
atmosphere. Don’t miss
the speciality lobster. ££
New Kings Rd SW6
+44 (0)20 7736 1145
www.dececco
restaurant.com
U Parsons Green
Pizza Express
With several branches
in London, Pizza Express
offers Sicilian-inspired
pizzas, pastas and salads
– as well as live jazz in
some restaurants. ££
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7439 8722
www.pizzaexpress.com
Sartoria
Inspired by the simplicity
and elegance of the
restaurants of 1930s
Milan, Sartoria boasts
more than 400 wines. £££
Savile Row W1
+44 (0)20 7534 7000
www.conran.com/eat
U Green Park
Spaghetti House
Good-quality pizzas
and pasta dishes. ££
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7629 6097
www.spaghetti-house.co.uk
Indian
Amaya
Top-end Indian cuisine
with an open-show
kitchen and grill to
entertain diners. £££
Halkin Arcade,
Motcomb St SW1
+44 (0)871 2238036
U Knightsbridge
Benares
Restaurant & Bar
The Indian chef was
the first in Britain to win
a Michelin star. His food is
a pleasure to behold. £££
Berkeley Square House,
Berkeley Square W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8886
www.benaresrestaurant.com
U Bond Street
Chutney Mary
The dishes here are
beautifully perfumed
with herbs, spices and
home-made stocks. £££
King’s Rd SW10
+44 (0)20 7351 3113
www.chutneymary.com
U Fulham Broadway
The Cinnamon Club
The beauty of this place
lies in the contrast
between the gentlemen’s
club-style setting and
the exoticism of modern
Indian cuisine. £££
The Old Westminster
Library, Great Smith St
SW1
+44 (0)20 7222 2555
www.cinnamonclub.com
U Westminster
The Delhi Brasserie
This popular eatery in
the heart of the West
End offers diners award-
winning Indian cuisine
in authentic and very
elegant surroundings. ££
Frith St W1
+44 (0)20 7437 8261
U Tottenham Court Rd
Elephant Walk
Offers an innovative
menu of Indian and
Sri Lankan food with
friendly service. ££
West End Lane NW6
+44 (0)20 7328 3308
U Tottenham Court Rd
La Porte des
Indes London
A 40ft waterfall and
exotic flowers set the
scene for the elaborate
flavours you’ll savour
on your plate. ££££
Bryanston St W1
+44 (0)20 7224 0055
www.blueelephant.com/
pi/london
U Marble Arch
Maharaja
A highly regarded Indian
and Balti restaurant. £
Queensway W2
+44 (0)20 7727 1135
U Queensway
Mint Leaf
Start with a Burst of Mint
cocktail in the bar, then
enjoy baby lamb chops
simmered in ginger. £££
Suffolk Place SW1
+44 (0)20 7930 9020
www.mintleaf
restaurant.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Pimlico Tandoori
Has been serving up
consistently good
Indian food for more
than 25 years – surely
a good sign! £
Moreton St NW1
+44 (0)20 7834 3375
U Pimlico
Masala Zone
Sartoria
The Cinammon Club
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Tamarind
Glamorous, Michelin-
starred restaurant. £££
Queen St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 3561
www.tamarindrestaurant.
com
U Green Park
Veeraswamy
London’s oldest Indian
restaurant. Devotees
come here to sample
dishes such as sadgi
korma – a curry with
saffron and Himalayan
pine essence. £££
Mezzanine Floor, Victory
House, Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 1401
www.veeraswamy.com
U Piccadilly Circus
World Cuisine
1492 Latin Fusion
Lively Latin restaurant
named after the year
Christopher Columbus
found the Americas. £££
North End Rd SW6
+44 (0)20 7381 3810
www.1492restaurant.com
U Fulham Broadway
Benihana
Check out the chefs, who
cook your supper before
your very eyes in this
Japanese restaurant. £££
King’s Rd SW3 and
other locations
+44 (0)20 7376 7799
www.benihana.co.uk
U Sloane Square
THE WEST END
Soho, in the heart of London’s West End,
is home to some ground-breaking – and
cheap – restaurants, like Imli in Wardour
Street, an Indian restaurant from the
creators of Tamarind. The award-winning
Masala Zone, tucked away around the
corner from Carnaby Street, plays it simple
while the nearby Japanese noodle bar
Wagamama and Yo Sushi! offer excellent
meals and super-quick service. All four
restaurants are contemporary twists on
ethnic cuisine: affordable, stylish, accessible.
CHINATOWN
Just to the north of Leicester Square,
Chinatown has long been a favourite haunt
of hungry Londoners drawn to the area’s
buzzing restaurant scene, with the likes of
the HK Diner keenly waving the flag for
Cantonese and Peking dishes, and the
evergreen Golden Dragon packing them in.
THE CITY
Further out east, the City’s pinstriped
power-lunching business types are spoilt
rotten by the wide range of high-quality,
low-price eateries right on their doorstep.
The Real Greek & Mezedopolio, in trendy
Hoxton, is an
absolute treat, and
keeps us nicely on
our globe-trotting
quest, while the
Arkansas Café,
something of a
Spitalfields
institution, is a
year-round barbecue joint serving juicy
American steak platters to appreciative
carnivores (if you’re not, don’t worry, as
vegetarians get a look in, too). Non-meat
eaters should drop in on The Place Below,
set in a crypt below St-Mary-Le-Bow
church, which brings a welcome spirit of
invention to veggie dishes (weekdays only).
BRICK LANE
A 10-minute walk from Liverpool Street
train station, Brick Lane is one of the
capital’s most celebrated foodie
thoroughfares, a parade of traditional Indian
and Bengali restaurants that are magnets
for curry connoisseurs from all over London.
City Spice and The Monsoon are typical,
and make a great introduction to the
delights of ‘Banglatown’.
GASTRO PUBS
And what of traditional English dishes?
Well, you could see what’s on the menu
at one of London’s many gastro pubs.
Try The Eagle, the original ‘boozer with
food’ that started off the whole gastro-
pub phenomenon in Clerkenwell, or
head to The Builder’s Arms in Chelsea,
or The Engineer, up in Primrose Hill. All
offer good food at reasonable prices.
THE EAST END
For a taste of old London try traditional pie
and mash or jellied eels, washed down with
a mug of milky tea. Dotted around the East
End and south of the Thames, stalwarts like
Manze’s, near Tower Bridge, and F Cooke, in
Broadway Market, are run by the same
families who first opened them a century
ago, and still boast their original Victorian
tiles, marble table tops and ornate mirrors.
Value Eats
Just the slightest detour off the
beaten track can pay great
dividends for those food-lovers
looking for a delicious meal
at an affordable price
Wagamama
CHEAP EATS CONTACT DETAILS
Imli Wardour St W1, +44 (0)20 7287
4243; Masala Zone Marshall St W1, +44
(0)20 7287 9966; Wagamama
Lexington St W1, +44 (0)20 7292 0990;
Yo Sushi, Poland St W1; +44 (0)20 7287
0443; HK Diner, Wardour St W1, +44
(0)20 7434 9544; Golden Dragon
Gerrard St W1, +44 (0)20 7734 1073;
The Real Greek & Mezedopolio Hoxton
Market N1, +44 (0)20 7739 8212;
Arkansas Café Commercial St E1, +44
(0)20 7377 6999; The Place Below St
Mary Le Bow, Cheapside EC2, +44 (0)20
7329 0789; City Spice Brick Lane E1, +44
(0)20 7247 1012; The Monsoon Brick Lane
E1, +44 (0)20 7375 1345; The Eagle
Farringdon Rd EC1, +44 (0)20 7837 1353;
The Builder’s Arms Britten St SW3, +44
(0)20 7349 9040; The Engineer
Gloucester Ave NW1, +44 (0)20 7722
0950; Manze’s Deptford High St SE8,
+44 (0)20 8692 2375; F Cooke Broadway
Market E8, +44 (0)20 7254 6458
Brick Lane
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Floridita
Combines all the elements
that make a lively Cuban
bar: fat Cohiba cigars,
a menu that’s heavy
on the ceviche and, of
course, lots of rum. ££££
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7314 4000
www.floriditalondon.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
The Gaucho Grill
Free-range Argentinian
beef is this restaurant
chain’s raison d’etre. £££
Heath St NW3 and
other locations
+44 (0)20 7431 8222
www.gaucho-grill.com
U Hampstead Heath
Gilgamesh
Vast, Babylon-themed
restaurant in the heart
of Camden Town. £££
Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)20 7482 5757
www.gilgameshbar.com
U Camden Town
Meza
Tempting Spanish tapas
and good old-fashioned
cocktails. ££
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7314 4002
www.conran.com/eat
U Tottenham Court Rd
Miyabi
Serves up excellent
hand-rolled sushi. ££
Great Eastern Hotel,
Liverpool St EC2
+44 (0)20 7618 7100
www.great-eastern-
hotel.co.uk
U Liverpool Street
Rainforest Café
Themed restaurant
offering American and
tropical cuisine. £££
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)20 7434 3111
www.therainforestcafe.
co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Landmark
Locations
Grill Room
Oscar Wilde dined at this
restaurant, and it’s still one
of London’s finest. £££
Café Royal, Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 1865
www.grill-room.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Harvey Nichols
Fifth Floor
A great pit-stop for
shoppers at London’s top
fashion emporium. £££
Knightsbridge SW1
+44 (0)20 7235 5250
www.harveynichols.com
U Knightsbridge
Oxo Tower
Restaurant,
Bar & Brasserie
Rooftop restaurant
serving classics with
a modern twist. £££
Bargehouse St SE1
+44 (0)20 7803 3888
www.oxotower.co.uk
U Waterloo
Royal Exchange
Grand Café & Bar
Fine establishment
housed in the central
court of a colossal
Victorian building. £££
The Courtyard,
Royal Exchange EC3
+44 (0)20 7618 2480
www.conran.com/eat
U Bank
Rules
Renowned as London’s
oldest restaurant, this
plush dining room was
once frequented by
Charles Dickens. £££
Maiden Lane WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 5314
www.rules.co.uk
U Covent Garden
The Savoy Grill
Still one of the most
glamorous places to dine
out in London. ££££
Strand WC2
+44 (0)20 7592 1600
www.fairmont.com/savoy
U Charing Cross
Sketch
This 18th-century building
is now a venue for fine
food, arts and music. ££££
Conduit St W1
+44 (0)870 777 4488
www.sketch.uk.com
U Oxford Circus
Café/brasserie
The Brasserie
Graze on a modern British
menu with a global twist
at Chelsea Football Club’s
relaxed restaurant. ££
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7565 1400
www.chelseafc.com
U Fulham Broadway
Café in the Crypt
Enjoy a tasty, cheap
meal by candlelight. £
St Martin-in-the-Fields,
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7766 1158
www2.stmartin-in-the-
fields.org
U Charing Cross
Carluccio’s
Popular cafés serving
fresh Italian food, with
excellent shops in case you
want to take something
edible home. ££
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7580 3050
www.carluccios.com
Coffee, Cake & Kink
A coffee shop with a
naughty difference! £
Endell St WC2
+44 (0)20 7419 2996
www.coffeecake
andkink.co.uk
U Covent Garden
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U Hyde Park Corner
Harry Ramsden’s
Great British favourites
at reasonable prices. ££
Various locations
www.harryramsdens.co.uk
My Old Dutch
Excellent sweet and
savoury pancakes. ££
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7242 5200
www.myolddutch.com
Outback Steakhouse
Serving juicy steaks in a
relaxed atmosphere. ££
Riverside West Complex,
Wandsworth SW18
+44 (0)20 8877 1599
www.outbackpom.com
U Wandsworth
Planet Hollywood
Gaze at the movie
memorabilia as you tuck
into steaks and ribs. ££
Coventry St W1
+44 (0)20 7437 7639
www.planethollywood
london.com
U Leicester Square
Bateaux London
Enjoy world-class live
entertainment while you
eat lunch or dinner on a
Thames cruise. £££
Embankment Pier, Victoria
Embankment WC2
+44 (0)20 7925 2215
www.bateauxlondon.com
U Embankment
Dover Street
Restaurant & Bar
Listen to live jazz or
rhythm and blues in this
restaurant, which serves
creative French fare. £££
Dover St W1
+44 (0)20 7491 7509
www.doverst.co.uk
U Green Park
Hackney Central
R&B and funky house music
play in this train station
turned bar/restaurant. ££
Amhurst Rd E8
+44(0)20 8986 5111
www.hackneycentral.com
Q Hackney Central
Quaglino’s
Retains the glamour of the
1920s with live jazz. ££££
Bury St SW1
+44(0)20 7930 6767
www.conran.com/eat
U Green Park
RS Hispaniola
Dine on Mediterranean
classics aboard this elegant
Thameside ship. £££
Bury St SW1
+44(0)20 7839 3011
www.hispaniola.co.uk
U Embankment
Best for
Entertainment Palm Court
Ideal for informal dining
or afternoon tea – in art
deco surroundings. £££
Sheraton Park Lane
Hotel W1
+44 (0)20 7290 7170
www.sheraton.com/parklane
U Green Park
Zinc Bar & Grill
In the summer, sit on
the terrace and order
a glass of Chablis to
wash down the brasserie-
style fare. ££
Heddon St W1
+44 (0)20 7255 8899
www.zincbar.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Chains
Chez Gérard
Eleven branches in
London, serving up steak-
frites et al in a 1930s-
style brasserie. £££
Various locations
+44 (0)20 7881 8870
www.santeonline.co.uk
Fine Burger Co.
With several branches in
London, this chain serves
classic burgers alongside
international fare. ££
+44 (0)20 7224 1890
www.fineburger.co.uk
Hard Rock Café
A guitar that Lenny
Kravitz smashed and a
shawl worn by Janis Joplin
are some of the things
you’ll find here. ££
Old Park Lane W1
Swing by one of these restaurants
for a toe-tapping treat
Dover Street Restaurant
Visiting a museum is not
just about seeing a great
exhibition – with excellent
shops (see page 48), cafés
and restaurants, there’s a
whole day’s entertainment.
After admiring the art,
refuel at Tate Britain’s café
and espresso bar, or marvel
at the stunning mural in the
more formal restaurant as
you browse the modern
British menu.
Tate Modern’s level-
seven restaurant boasts
stunning river views and an
eclectic menu based on
seasonal produce. But if
you’re after a more casual
meal, try the level-two café.
Amid the history of the
British Museum, sit under
Norman Foster’s awe-
inspiring glass roof in the
Court Restaurant, or head
to the gallery café or court
café for a lighter meal.
For further details, see
museumlistings, page 32
Museum Mouthfuls
Court Restaurant
Radisson
Edwardian
This hotel chain boasts
some of the best
restaurants in London,
serving predominantly
modern English cuisine.
Ascots at the Berkshire is
enticing with its luxurious
wood-and-leather
interior. Somewhat
more minimalist, Aston
at the Grafton was
named after the Aston
Martin Club, which was
founded on the site in
the 30s. Creation at
the Kenilworth allows
diners to watch the
chefs preparing food
influenced by cuisines
from the Far East through
a glass divide. Glass
at the Marlborough is
furnished with individual
mirrors and the dramatic
canvasses of Heidi
Harrington. The open
kitchen and grill at
the May Fair’s opulent
Amba is renowned for
its bread-and-butter
ice cream! Nova at the
Sussex offers hearty
portions of British fodder,
leather chairs and a
chilled soundtrack. At the
Vanderbilt Hotel’s dining
room, 68-86, you’ll
find signature British
food is served, with a
delicious Pacific Rim
twist. For details of more
restaurants see www.
radissonedwardian.com
Hilton
The Hilton chain takes
great pride in offering a
culinary experience that
matches its high-quality
accommodation. The
Woburn Place Dining
Room at the London
Euston serves up English,
European and Far Eastern
fare within a Victorian
conservatory. The
Tiger Green Brasserie
at the London Green
Park entices you with
contemporary dishes
inspired by world cuisine.
Visitors to the London
Hilton on Park Lane
can choose between
the Park Brasserie
(Mediterranean-inspired),
Trader Vic’s (Polynesian)
or the 28th-floor Galvin
at Windows, complete
Hotel Dining
You don’t have to be staying there
to enjoy fine food at these hotels
Brasserie Roux at the
Sofitel St James London
(www.sofitelstjames.com)
is housed in an elegant
former banking hall
and offers French-style
brasserie food. Citrus
at the Park Lane Hotel
(www.starwoodhotels.
com) serves up delicious
Mediterranean fare and
offers al-fresco eating in
the summer. L’Estaminet
at the Ibis London City
(www.ibishotel.com) is
an informal, French-style
bistro serving lunch and
dinner. The Loft at the
Mercure London City
Bankside (www.mercure.
com) offers modern
European cuisine, and
could be preceded by a
romantic Thames walk.
Addendum at the Apex
City of London (www.
apexhotels.co.uk) serves
up the likes of diver-caught
seared scallops and roast
squab pigeon to diners on
leather banquettes. The
deVille Restaurant at the
Mandeville Hotel (www.
mandeville.co.uk) offers
modern British cuisine in
a theatrical setting. The
Mandarin Oriental (www.
mandarinoriental.com)
overlooking Hyde Park has
two restaurants – Foliage
and The Park – both of
which offer exquisite
international recipes in
chic surroundings. The
recently refurbished Grill
Room at the Dorchester
(www.thedorchester.
com) is as sophisticated
as they come, and boasts
a fantastic wine list. The
Ritz Restaurant at The
Ritz (www.theritzlondon.
com) is one of the most
beautiful dining rooms
in the world, and features
a four-piece band on
Friday and Saturday nights.
Finally, One-O-One at
the Sheraton Park Tower
(www.starwoodhotels.
com) offers sumptuous
French cuisine and serves
some of the finest seafood
in London.
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with majestic views.
Further views are to be
had at Nippon Tuk, an
Oriental restaurant on
the 23rd floor of the
London Metropole. Plum
at the London Olympia
wows guests with
international classics and
traditional favourites.
The Brasserie at the
London Paddington
offers cross-continental
dishes amid elegant
surroundings. And
the Waldorf Hilton’s
Homage serves up classic
and contemporary fare
in a dramatic setting.
www.hilton.co.uk
And here are a few more top restaurants
that are found within London hotels…
Ideally situated in the heart of London’s theatreland
for business lunches and pre- or after-theatre dinners.
Dishes from various regions cooked to perfection
and served with style.
44 Frith Street,
Soho W1
Tel: 020 7437 8261
Fax: 020 7437 3789
134 Cromwell Road,
Kensington, SW7
Tel: 020 7370 7617
Fax: 020 7244 8639
Recommended by prominent food critics
including BBC Good Eating Guide
www.delhibrasserie.com
Delhi
The
brasserie
Indian Cuisine
Ben
Uri
A different day out
Visit The Ben Uri Gallery
‘The best museum of the region’, just off the
Beatle's famous Abbey Road, followed by
lunch in Little Venice then onto nearby London
Zoo in Regent’s Park or Madame Tussauds
Jan-Feb Ambiguous Realities, Photographs by Dorothy Bohm
March-April Art of the Holocaust
May Julie Held & Shanti Panchal painting different experiences
June-July The London School, Freud, Auerbach, Kossoff
August Contemporary artists’ festival
Sept-Nov Varian Fry and the artists he saved from tyranny
Dec Highlights from the renowned Ben Uri collection
www.benuri.org.uk for details
Mon-Fri 10-5.30pm April to October and from 10-3.30pm on
Fridays between November and March, Sunday opening 12-4pm
108A Boundary Road, London NW8 ORH. Tel: 020 7604 3991
BBC Television Centre Tours
Get a fascinating insight into the world of
BBC Television.You must pre-book by calling:
0870 603 0304
*
or textphone 0870 903 0304.
* Lines open from 9am to 5pm. Calls are charged at National Rate
and may be monitored or recorded for training.
bbc.co.uk/tours
Visit the home of one of the
world’s greatest writers in the
city that inspired him. Situated
in Bloomsbury. Central London
the Charles Dickens Museum
contains Dickens’s letters,
manuscripts, personal items,
paintings and reconstructed
rooms. The Museum offers a
wide range of events and
activities including handling
sessions with original artefacts
and readings from Dickens’s
works. Groups are also
welcome. If you would like to
join the Friends of the Charles
Dickens Museum and support
our work please contact us.
Ignorance and Want: the Social Conscience of Charles Dickens, a new
exhibition, open throughout 2007, tells the story of Dickens’s reforming
nature through his traumatic childhood experiences and his novels Oliver
Twist and Nicholas Nickleby, both written at the Museum.
48 Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX
Tel. 020 7405 2127
www.dickensmuseum.com
Nearest tube: Russell Square
Adults £5
Concessions £4
Children £3
Families £14
Open:Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm
‘There shall be
but one mistress
here and no
master’
www.npg.org.uk
Open daily
10.00 – 18.00
Thursdays and Fridays
until 21.00
u Leicester Square
History Art Biography Fame
Discover them for Free
Ascribed to Elizabeth I in response to the Earl of Leicester
Queen Elizabeth I
by an unknown artist, c.1600
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Pubs
Butcher’s Hook
Popular gastro pub
serving high-quality
food and wine.
Fulham Rd SW6
+44 (0)20 7385 4654
U Fulham Broadway
Cork & Bottle
Atmospheric wine
bar that also serves
up tasty food.
Cranbourn St WC2
+44 (0)20 7734 7807
U Leicester Square
Crown & Greyhound
A large Victorian public
house with a real taste of
traditional British
drinking, set in pretty
village surrounds.
Dulwich Village SE21
+44 (0)20 8299 4976
Q North Dulwich
The Elgin
A good selection of real
ales is served up to a
diverse clientele.
Ladbroke Grove W11
+44 (0)20 7229 5663
U Ladbroke Grove
Lamb
Housed in a Grade II-
listed building, Lamb
features photographs
of 19th-century actresses.
Lamb’s Conduit St WC1
+44 (0)20 7405 0713
www.youngs.co.uk
U Holborn

The Royal Oak
The Oak offers a range of
specialist beers. There are
also regular book readings
and other events.
Tabard St SE1
+44 (0)20 7357 7173
U Borough
Seven Stars
Situated behind the Royal
Courts of Justice, this old
pub is, unsurprisingly,
popular with lawyers.
Carey St WC2
+44 (0)20 7242 8521
U Holborn

The Tipperary
This 400-year-old
pub survived the
Great Fire of London
to become the city’s
first Irish pub. Great
pub food is available.
Fleet St EC4
+44 (0)20 7583 6470
www.tipperarypub.co.uk
U Blackfriars
Waxy O’Connor’s
Enormous Irish themed
pub whose menu includes
traditional dishes like Irish
stew and mussels.
Rupert St W1
+44 (0)20 7287 0255
U Leicester Square
Bars
Auberge Bar &
Restaurant
European beers are a firm
favourite at this café bar
tucked away near
Waterloo station.
Sandell St SE1
+44 (0)20 7633 0610
U Waterloo
Office workers and shoppers
create a buzzing atmosphere
around the waterside bars
and restaurants of Canary
Wharf. Champagne and wine
bar Corney & Barrow puts on
summer barbecues, The Fine
Line combines soft furnishings
with contemporary art, and
Davy’s and Smollensky’s
offer delicious informal dining.
The Jubilee Place Food Court
serves food from around the
globe, and for something
special try stylish restaurants
Ubon and Plateau.
Canary Wharf E14
+44 (0)20 7477 1477
www.mycanarywharf.com
U/DLR Canary Wharf
Drink
Fancy a tipple? Here’s a sample of
the capital’s best watering holes
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Canary
Wharf
Bar Etiquette
Be patient. Don’t wave your cash at the barman or shout
for attention. It’s considered rude.
Pick a good spot at the bar. Everyone tries to squeeze
in from the edges but this is often where dirty glasses are
collected. Stand here and you will be ignored.
Make eye contact when you want to get served.
Smile, keep looking at the bar person’s eyes and,
at some point, they’ll come to you.
Always ask before you join someone’s table. In crowded
pubs, sharing tables is acceptable. In bars, they may look
at you in horror!
Expect to buy rounds of drinks. The British usually take
turns around the table to buy the drinks. Be prepared to
offer to buy the next round.
The Fine Line
Bar Soho
Late bar offering great
cocktails and food in the
bustling heart of Soho.
Old Compton St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0439
www.barsoho.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Cellar Gascon
Boasts a vast wine list
from Gascony in France,
also some weird and
wonderful snacks.
West Smithfield EC1
+44 (0)20 7796 0600
U Barbican
Cheers Bar
A reproduction of the bar
from the legendary TV
series. At night it’s a club
with DJs from London
radio stations Kiss,
Capital and Virgin.
Regent St W1
+44 (0)20 7494 3322
www.cheersbarlondon.
com
U Piccadilly Circus
Crazy Bear
This beautiful basement
bar offers oriental-style
cocktails and bar snacks.
Whitfield St W1
+44 (0)20 7631 0088
www.crazybeargroup.co.uk
U Goodge Street
Greenwich Park
Bar & Grill
Three-storey venue with
a fine array of beers, as
well as a patio courtyard
for summer evenings.
King William Walk SE10
+44 (0)20 8853 7860
www.thegreenwichpark.com
DLR Cutty Sark for
Maritime Greenwich
Jewel
Enjoy a cocktail in
beautiful surroundings.
Glasshouse St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 4990
www.jewelbarlondon.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Julie’s
This wine bar next to the
restaurant of the same
name has a great
selection of French and
New World wines.
Portland Rd W11
+44 (0)20 7229 8331
www.juliesrestaurant.com
U Holland Park
La Casa del Habano
Thick cigars, delicious
cocktails and tapas
transport you to Cuba.
Wardour St W1
+44 (0)20 7314 4001
www.lacasadelhabano.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
Los Locos
A cocktail bar, TexMex
restaurant and club
that stays open till 3am.
Russell St WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 0220
www.los-locos.co.uk
U Covent Garden
LVPO
Candles, cocktails and
banquettes combine at
this chic bar/restaurant.
Dean St W1
+44 (0)20 7434 3399
www.lvpo.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Ruby Blue
A funky bar, restaurant
and club where you
can dance until 3am.
Leicester Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7287 8050
www.rubybluebar.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Sirocco
Boasting twelve plasma
screens, this is a great bar
to catch some sport, but
there’s also a dance floor.
39-45 Shaftesbury Av W1
+44 (0)20 7437 0847
www.sirocco-london.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Vertigo 42
This champagne bar on
the 42nd floor of Tower 42
is the highest in London.
Old Broad St EC2
+44 (0)20 7877 7842
www.vertigo42.co.uk
U Bank
Zoo Bar
A great party venue with
top DJs spinning the tunes.
Bear St WC2
+44 (0)20 7839 4188
www.zoobar.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Absolut Ice Bar
As much a tourist attraction
as a bar, the Absolut Ice Bar
is, as the name suggests,
entirely made of ice – from
the walls, to the seats, to
the glasses themselves.
When the cold gets too
much, there’s Below Zero
downstairs, where you can
get warm and lounge on the
pillow-covered banquettes.
Heddon Street W1
+44 (0)20 7478 8910
www.belowzerolondon.com
U Piccadilly
Top Five
Design Bars
If stylish clientele
in an even more
stylish setting
appeal, check out
these hot spots
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Absolut Ice Bar
The old pubs of London not
only give the city its character,
they also capture its history.
Ye Olde Mitre, off Chancery
Lane, was founded in 1546,
though the current building
was erected in 1772. A tree
trunk in the front bar is said to
have been part of a maypole
that Elizabeth I danced around.
If you want something a bit more decadent, try the
Jerusalem Tavern in Britton Street, where William
Hogarth and Handel used to drink. Today, this warren of
a pub stocks some of the best real ales in the city.
Charles Dickens frequented the 18th-century George
Inn in Borough, and even plugged it in his serial novel Little
Dorrit. The building is now a National Trust monument.
The lovely Windsor Castle in Kensington dates back
to 1835 and was frequented by farmers bringing their
animals to sell at Hyde Park.
The quiet Star Tavern in Belgravia, on the other hand,
is surrounded by mews cottages originally created as
stables. Its lovely upstairs
room is thought to have
been where the Great Train
Robbery was planned.
The French House, on
Dean Street, was named
after the Resistance fighters
who met here during WWII.
The Coach and Horses,
on nearby Greek Street, is a favourite haunt of actors and
theatre folk – and was, until recently, famous for having
the rudest landlord in the city!
PUB TOUR CONTACT DETAILS
Ye Olde Mitre Ely Court, Ely Place, +44 (0)20 7405 4751
(closed weekends); Jerusalem Tavern Britton St EC1, +44
(0)20 7490 4281 (closed weekends); The George Inn
Borough High St SE1, +44 (0)20 7407 2056; The Windsor
Castle Campden Hill Rd W8, +44 (0)20 7243 9551; The
French House Dean St W1, +44 (0)20 7437 2799; The
Coach and Horses Greek St W1, +44 (0)20 7437 5920
Albannach
Scottish-themed bar offering
more than 200 whiskies,
cocktails and bar snacks.
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7930 0066
www.albannach.co.uk
U Charing Cross
Cocoon
Models and party people
often prop up the bar at
this futuristic Asian
restaurant-cum-cocktail-bar.
Regent Street W1
+44 (0)20 7494 7600
U Piccadilly Circus
Loungelover
East End cocktail bar full of
antiques and oddities. The
cocktails are equally eclectic.
Whitby Street E1
+44 (0)20 7012 1234
www.lestroisgarcons.com
U Liverpool Street
Trailer Happiness
Kitsch basement bar serving
vintage cocktails with
lots of West Indian rum.
Portobello Road W11
+44 (0)20 7727 2700
www.trailerhappiness.com
U Ladbroke Grove
Historic Pub Tour
Hotel Bars
The Blue Bar
This chic bar offers tasty
cocktails and a choice of
more than 50 whiskies.
The Berkeley,
Wilton Place SW1
+44 (0)20 7235 6000
www.the-berkeley.co.uk
UHyde Park Corner
The Bridge Bar
Drink with soccer stars at
Chelsea Football Club.
The Hotel at Chelsea,
Stamford Bridge SW6
+44 (0)20 7565 1400
www.thehotelatchelsea.com
UFulham Broadway
Claridge’s Bar
Art-deco bar serving
cocktails to die for
and rare champagnes.
Claridge’s, Brook St W1
+44 (0)20 7629 8860
www.claridges.co.uk
UBond Street
Dial Bar
Funky urban bar serving
great snacks and cocktails.
Radisson Edwardian
Mountbatten,
Monmouth St WC2
+44 (0)20 7836 4300
www.radissonedwardian.com
ULeicester Square
Long Bar
An 80ft-long bar buzzing
with fashionistas.
Sanderson Hotel,
Berners St W1
+44 (0)20 7300 1496
www.sandersonlondon.com
UGoodge Street
Rockwell
Top-notch cocktails amid
chic monochrome décor.
The Trafalgar Hotel,
Spring Gardens SW1
+44 (0)20 7870 2900
www.thetrafalgar.com
UCharing Cross
The Tenth
Tenth-floor bar with
views across Hyde Park.
Royal Garden Hotel,
Kensington High St W8
+44 (0)20 7361 1910
www.royalgarden
hotel.co.uk
UHigh St Kensington
London’s oldest inns offer much
more than just a great pint…
Check out
ilovesoho.co.uk
for details of
great bars
and restaurants
in Soho
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Ye Olde Mitre
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theatre to live comedy, cabaret and jazz, make sure
you save enough energy to enjoy London after dark
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The stars shine brightly in the
capital’s vibrant theatreland
Theatre
undergoing a major refit.
Mare St E8
+44 (0)20 8985 2424
www.hackneyempire.co.uk
Q Hackney Central
Lyric Hammersmith
Two modern spaces host
new writing, live music and
children’s theatre.
King St W6
+44 (0)870 050 0511
www.lyric.co.uk
U Hammersmith
Menier Chocolate
Factory
As the name suggests,
the Menier began life as
a 19th-century chocolate
factory. It now houses
a studio theatre, gallery
and restaurant.
Southwark St SE1
+44 (0)20 7907 7060
www.menierchocolate
factory.com
U London Bridge
National Theatre
Three theatres stage classic
plays and cutting-edge
new work. Backstage tours
run daily from Monday
to Saturday.
South Bank SE1
+44 (0)20 7452 3000
www.nt-online.org
U Waterloo
Riverside Studios
Former BBC TV studios
where you can enjoy
everything from theatre
and dance to cinema
and comedy.
Crisp Rd W6
+44 (0)20 8237 1111
www.riversidestudios.co.uk
U Hammersmith
Upstairs at
the Gatehouse
Based in an historic inn,
at 446ft above sea level,
this is quite literally
London’s top theatre!
Highgate Village N6
+44 (0)20 8340 3488
www.upstairsatthe
gatehouse.com
U Highgate
West End
Adelphi
Strand WC2
+44 (0)870 403 0303
www.adelphitheatre.co.uk
U Charing Cross
Aldwych
Aldwych WC2
+44 (0)20 7379 3367
www.aldwychtheatre.com
U Holborn
Apollo
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 890 1101
www.seetickets.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Cambridge
Earlham St WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1102
www.seetickets.com
U Leicester Square
Dominion
Tottenham Court Rd W1
+44 (0)870 169 0116
www.dominiontheatre.co.uk
U Tottenham Ct Road
“London’s like an enormous arts
festival that runs all year round”
Imogen & Gerrard, tour guides, Theatre Royal
Arts Centres
Artsdepot
North London arts centre
offering a vast array of
entertainment – theatre,
live music, dance, spoken
word and more – to suit
all ages and tastes.
Nether St N12
+44 (0)20 8369 5454
www.artsdepot.co.uk
U Finchley Central
Barbican
Theatre, art, dance, film
and music – you name it,
this vast lakeside complex
has it. Venues range from
the 1,950-seat Barbican
Hall to the intimate Pit,
with just 200 seats.
Silk St EC2
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
www.barbican.org.uk
U Barbican
Battersea Arts Centre
A grade II-listed building
provides the backdrop
for cutting-edge comedy,
drama and modern dance.
Lavender Hill SW11
+44 (0)20 7223 2223
www.bac.org.uk
Q Clapham Junction
Fairfield Hall
There’s much more than
theatre on the menu at
this buzzing arts centre.
Park Lane Croydon CR9
+44 (0)20 8688 9291
www.fairfield.co.uk
Q East Croydon
Hackney Empire
Charlie Chaplin is among
the stars who have lit up
this beautiful East End
landmark, which reopened
its doors in 2004 after
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To avoid missing out on that
show you’ve always wanted
to see, book your tickets
before your visit to London,
either online or by telephone,
as the popular shows tend
to sell out long in advance.
But it is always worth asking
at the theatre’s box office as
sometimes returns are sold
on the day, at reduced prices.
You can snap up half-price
tickets for selected West End
shows on the day of the
performance at tkts booths
in Leicester Square and
Canary Wharf.
Theatre tickets and a
pre-theatre dinner table
can also be booked at
visitlondon.com
USEFUL CONTACTS
Advance Box Office
+44 (0)870 240 1900
www.advanceboxoffice.com
See
+44 (0)871 230 0010
www.seetickets.com
tkts
www.officiallondon
theatre.co.uk
Donmar Warehouse
Earlham St WC2
+44 (0)870 060 6624
www.donmarwarehouse.com
U Leicester Square
Duchess
Catherine St WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1103
www.duchesstheatre.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Duke Of York’s
St Martin’s Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 060 6623
www.theambassadors.com/
dukeofyorks
U Leicester Square
Garrick
Charing Cross Rd WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1104
www.seetickets.com
U Charing Cross
Gielgud
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 890 1105
www.seetickets.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Her Majesty’s
Haymarket SW1
+44 (0)870 890 1106
www.seetickets.com
U Piccadilly Circus
London Palladium
Argyll St W1
+44 (0)870 890 1108
www.seetickets.com
U Oxford Circus
Lyceum
Wellington St WC2
+44 (0)870 243 9000
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
U Charing Cross
Booking
Tickets
Shakespeare’s Globe
This carefully recreated 16th-century open-
air theatre has a spectacular riverside
setting on Bankside. The thatched theatre
has run for 10 years to great acclaim, with
a programme of classics and new writing.
The seated tickets are under cover and
offer an excellent view of the stage, or you
can buy a bargain-priced ‘groundling ticket’
for ‘the yard’ in the centre of the auditorium
to see the action up close. Prepare for all
weathers, as the show goes on regardless.
Insider’s tip: If you have a seat for the
show, splash out the extra £1 for cushion
hire. If you’re standing, buy a rain mac sold
at the theatre, as umbrellas are not allowed.
May – Oct*, New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1
+44 (0)20 7401 9919
www.shakespeares-globe.org
U London Bridge
Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park
The beautiful outdoor theatre in Regent’s
Park opened in 1932 and hosts a crowd-
friendly summer programme of mainly
Shakespearean classics.
Doors to the picnic lawn open early as a
thousand people enjoy the relaxed BBQ and
bar before the show, then afterwards the
bar stays open until midnight. The house
favourite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
plays each year, as does a children’s
programme throughout August.
Insider’s tip: Don’t worry if you don’t
get a picnic table – you have the whole of
Regent’s Park to spread out a picnic blanket.
May – Sept*, The Ironworks, Inner Circle,
Regent’s Park NW1
+44 (0)870 060 1811
www.openairtheatre.org
U Baker Street
Open-Air Theatres
Take advantage of summer and enjoy an
al fresco theatrical treat
* SEE WEBSITES FOR PROGRAMME INFORMATION
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Lyric
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 890 1107
www.seetickets.com
U Piccadilly Circus
New Ambassadors
Theatre
West St WC2
+44 (0)870 060 6627
www.newambassadors.com
U Leicester Square
New London
Theatre
Drury Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 890 0141
www.seetickets.com
U Covent Garden
Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin’s Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 950 0920
www.delfont
mackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Novello
Aldwych WC2
+44 (0)870 534 4444
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
U Covent Garden
Palace
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 890 0142
www.seetickets.com
U Leicester Square
Piccadilly
Denman St W1
+44 (0)870 060 6630
www.theambassadors.com
U Piccadilly Circus
Prince Edward
Old Compton St W1
+44 (0)870 850 9191
www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Prince of Wales
Coventry St W1
+44 (0)870 850 0393
www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Queen’s
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)870 950 0930
www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Royal Shakespeare
Company
The RSC performs in
venues across town.
+44 (0)870 609 1110
www.rsc.org.uk
St Martin’s
West St WC2
+44 (0)870 162 8787
www.stmartinstheatre.co.uk
U Leicester Square
Savoy
Savoy Court WC2
+44 (0)870 164 8787
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
U Charing Cross
Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Ave WC2
+44 (0)870 906 3798
www.ticketmaster.co.uk
U Tottenham Ct Road
Theatre Royal
Drury Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 890 1109
www.seetickets.com
U Covent Garden
Wyndam’s
Charing Cross Rd WC2
+44 (0)870 950 0925
www.theambassadors.com/
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U Leicester Square
Off West End
Almeida Theatre
Almeida St N1
+44 (0)20 7359 4404
www.almeida.co.uk
U Angel
Apollo Victoria
Wilton Rd SW1
+44 (0)20 7834 6318
www.apollovictoria.co.uk
U Victoria
The Bush Theatre
Shpds Bush Green W12
+44 (0)20 7610 4224
www.bushtheatre.co.uk
U Shepherd’s Bush
Old Vic
The Cut SE1
+44 (0)870 060 6628
www.oldvictheatre.com
U Waterloo
Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square SW1
+44 (0)20 7565 5000
www.royalcourttheatre.com
U Sloane Square
Victoria Palace
Victoria St SW1
+44 (0)870 895 5577
www.victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk
U Victoria
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The adventures of lion cub Simba are
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of smalltime gamblers. Patrick Swayze and
Ewan McGregor are among the big names
who’ve appeared in the hit show at the
Piccadilly Theatre.
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classical ballet to hip-hop, from the world's greatest
international companies to local youth projects, you can
see it all at Sadler's Wells - London's Dance House.
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www.barbican.org.uk
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Barbican
Theatre, art, dance, film,
music and workshops
are all hosted at this
complex, which is also
home to the London
Symphony Orchestra.
Silk St EC2
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
www.barbican.org.uk
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English National
Opera
Performances of famous
and lesser-known works
at the London Coliseum.
St Martin’s Lane WC2
+44 (0)870 145 0200
www.eno.org
U Leicester Square
Royal Albert Hall
As well as classical and pop
concerts, this distinctive
venue hosts dance
performances ranging
from ballroom to ballet.
Kensington Gore SW7
+44 (0)20 7589 8212
www.royalalberthall.com
U South Kensington
Royal Ballet
Based at the Royal Opera
House, this company
performs classic and
contemporary ballet.
Bow St WC2
+44 (0)20 7304 4000
www.roh.org.uk
U Covent Garden
Royal Festival Hall
Major South Bank
entertainment complex.
Belvedere Rd SE1
+44 (0)870 380 4300
From concertos to cha-cha, the
world’s culture descends on one city
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Originally an engine shed,
the Roundhouse has long
been recognised as an
outstanding example
of mid-19th century
architecture, but it wasn’t
until 1964 that the
magnificent round building
became a cutting-edge arts
venue, with the likes of Jimi
Hendrix and Pink Floyd
performing there. After
closing for a lengthy spell,
it reopened in 2006
following a multi-million
pound refit. It is now in full
swing once more, boasting
the Roundhouse Café and
two bars, making it one
of London’s most exciting
live-performance venues.
Chalk Farm Road NW1
+44 (0)20 7424 9991
www1.roundhouse.org.uk
U Chalk Farm
The English National Opera makes 500 seats at every
weekday performance available for £10 or less.
The Royal Opera House offers bench, standing and/or
restricted-view tickets for opera and ballet performances
for as little as £4.
There are regular free performances in the Royal
Festival Hall, part of the huge South Bank Centre complex.
These span classical, folk, modern jazz and rock music.
Did you know?
Round Two
Chalk Farm’s most famous
landmark has reopened
www.rfh.org.uk
U Waterloo
Royal Opera House
A stunning venue for
opera and ballet with a
history dating back to
1732.
Bow St WC2
+44 (0)20 7304 4000
www.roh.org.uk
U Covent Garden
Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra
This orchestra is based
at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kensington Gore SW7
+44 (0)20 7589 8212
www.rpo.co.uk
U South Kensington
Sadler’s Wells
Puts on ballet and opera.
Rosebery Ave EC1
+44 (0)20 7863 8198
www.sadlerswells.com
U Angel
South Bank Centre
Featuring concerts – some
free – film and dance.
Belvedere Rd SE1
+44 (0)870 380 4300
www.sbc.org.uk
U Waterloo
St Martin-
in-the-Fields
Superb acoustics for
concerts by candlelight.
Trafalgar Square WC2
+44 (0)20 7839 8362
www.stmartin-in-the-
fields.org
U Charing Cross
The Roundhouse
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Nightlife
When the sun goes down, the
capital really comes into its own
Comedy
Amused Moose
Ricky Gervais and Eddie
Izzard are among those
who have played at these
two intimate venues.
www.amusedmoose.com
Moonlighting,
Greek St W1
+44 (0)20 8341 1341
U Tottenham Court Rd
The Enterprise,
Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)20 8341 1341
U Chalk Farm
Comedy Café
Expect great stand-up
acts, a late bar and
reasonably priced food.
Rivington St EC2
+44 (0)20 7739 5706
www.comedycafe.co.uk
U Old Street
Comedy Camp
Gay and straight comics
perform to a similarly
balanced crowd.
Archer St W1
+44 (0)20 7483 2960
www.comedycamp.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
The Comedy Store
The birthplace of British
alternative comedy.
Oxendon St SW1
+44 (0)870 060 2340
www.thecomedystore.biz
U Piccadilly Circus
Jongleurs
Enjoy great comedy,
then dance the night
away after the show.
www.jongleurs.com
Middle Yard, Camden
Lock, Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)870 787 0707
U Camden
Lavender Gardens SW11
+44 (0)870 787 0707
Q Clapham Junction
The Laughing Horse
With several branches in
London, The Laughing
Horse offers cutting-edge
comedy and workshops.
Kingly St W1
+44 (0)7796 171 190
www.laughinghorse.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Lee Hurst’s Backyard
Comedy Club
The madcap TV star owns
this East End club.
Cambridge Heath Rd E2
+44 (0)20 7739 3122
www.leehurst.com
U Bethnal Green
Newsrevue
Topical political satire
in the quaint setting of
Little Venice.
Canal Café Theatre,
Bridge House Pub,
Delamere Tce W2
+44 (0)20 7289 6054
www.newsrevue.com
U Royal Oak
Cabaret
Jermyn Street
Theatre
Cabaret shows can be
combined with a pre- or
post-show dinner at the
Getti restaurant above.
Jermyn St SW1
+44 (0)20 7287 2875
www.jermynstreet
theatre.co.uk
U Piccadilly Circus
Madame JoJo’s
Kitsch, draggy cabaret –
you really have to see it
to believe it!
Brewer St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 3040
www.madamejojos.com
U Piccadilly Circus
The Medieval
Banquet
Dress up for an evening of
feasting, merriment and
even jousting! The night
is rounded off by a disco.
Ivory House,
St Katharine’s Dock E1
+44 (0)20 7480 5353
www.medievalbanquet.com
U Tower Hill
Thames River
Cruises
Your four-course dinner
is accompanied by a live
band on a luxury boat.
Westminster and
Embankment Piers
+44 (0)20 7439 2333
www.expressevents.com
U Westminster
Casinos
Golden Nugget
Shaftesbury Ave W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0099
www.goldennugget
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U Piccadilly Circus
Rendezvous
Old Park Lane W1
+44 (0)20 7491 8586
www.rendezvouscasino.com
U Hyde Park Corner
Sportsman
Old Quebec St W1
+44 (0)20 7414 0061
www.thesportsmancasino.com
U Marble Arch
Live Music
100 Club
The Rolling Stones and
Oasis are two of the
big names to appear at
this renowned venue.
Oxford St W1
+44 (0)20 7636 0933
www.the100club.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
The Medieval Banquet
Madame JoJo’s
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Ain’t Nothin But
Opened in 1993, this club
offers live blues until late
every night of the week.
The Blues Bar,
Kingly St W1
+44 (0)20 7287 0514
www.aintnothinbut.co.uk
U Oxford Circus
Bar 606
Top-drawer jazz every
night. Note: to drink
alcohol, you have to
eat. Be sure to book.
Lots Rd SW10
+44 (0)20 7352 5953
www.606club.co.uk
U Fulham Broadway
Barfly
Indie-music pub hosting
up-and-coming acts.
Chalk Farm Rd NW1
+44 (0)20 7691 4244
www.barflyclub.com
U Chalk Farm
Borderline
Hosts breaking and cult
acts from the UK and US.
Orange Yard,
Manette St W1
+44 (0)20 7734 5547
www.meanfiddler.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
Jazz Cafe
Luminaries from the
worlds of Latin, rock
and jazz music perform
while you eat and drink.
Parkway NW1
+44 (0)20 7916 6060
www.meanfiddler.com
U Camden Town
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Set to open in July 2007,
the O
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can hold 23,000
for live music and sport.
www.theo2.co.uk
U North Greenwich
PizzaExpress
Jazz Club
Renowned musicians
play to diners in a
relaxed atmosphere.
Dean St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 8722
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Pizza On The Park
Enjoy a jazz show while
you tuck into a pizza.
Knightsbridge SW1
+44 (0)20 7235 5550
www.pizzaonthepark.co.uk
U Hyde Park Corner
The Ritz
A five-piece jazz band
plays at the famous
hotel on Friday and
Saturday nights.
Piccadilly W1
+44 (0)20 7493 8181
www.theritzlondon.com
U Green Park
BFI IMAX
Experience short films and
the occasional Hollywood
blockbuster – some in 3D –
on a 20-metre-high screen.
Charlie Chaplin Walk SE1
+44 (0)870 787 2525
www.bfi.org.uk/
incinemas/imax
U Waterloo
Curzon Mayfair
Foreign-language films
are the speciality at this
two-screen cinema.
Curzon St W1
+44 (0)870 756 4621
www.curzoncinemas.com
U Green Park
Electric Cinema
With its leather seating,
bar, and tables for food and
drink, the Electric offers a
very different, very stylish
movie-going experience.
Portobello Rd W11
+44 (0)20 7908 9696
www.electriccinema.co.uk
U Ladbroke Grove/
Notting Hill Gate
National Film Theatre
As well as showing new
films, the NFT puts on
seasons dedicated to
specific themes, plus
film-related guest talks.
Belvedere Rd SE1
+44 (0)20 7928 3232
www.bfi.org.uk/showing/nft
U Waterloo
Prince Charles Cinema
An eclectic mix of one-off
screenings, seasons and
events – with a low-pricing
policy on tickets.
Leicester Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7494 3654
www.princecharles
cinema.com
U Leicester Square
Let’s Go to
the Movies…
Watch the latest Hollywood and arthouse
films in style at London’s cinemas
Did you know?
Check local listings magazines such as Time Out and
visitlondon.com for one-off nights and short runs.
Register for the Circle Club Card at www.circleclubcard.com
and receive discounted entry to selected clubs,
plus two-for-one drinks offers. From £10.
National
FilmTheatre
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Ronnie Scott’s
Get up close and personal
with jazz legends at this
famous club.
Frith St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 0747
www.ronniescotts.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
The 12 Bar Club
Showcases three or four
talented acts every night
of the week.
Denmark Place WC2
+44 (0)20 7240 2622
www.12barclub.com
U Tottenham Court Rd
Wembley Arena
The newly refurbished
venue hosts the world’s
biggest acts.
Empire Way HA9
+44 (0)870 060 0870
www.whatsonwembley.com
U Wembley Park
Nightclubs
Club Aquarium
Bring your swimsuit
for a dip in the in-house
jacuzzi and pool!
Old St EC1
+44 (0)20 7253 3558
www.clubaquarium.co.uk
U Old Street
Fabric London
Three dancefloors
reverberate to tunes
spun by big-name DJs who
flock to the superclub.
Charterhouse St EC1
+44 (0)20 7336 8898
www.fabriclondon.com
U Farringdon
Lucky Voice Karaoke
This nine-room private
karaoke club promises
a night of uninhibited
entertainment!
Poland St W1
+44 (0)20 7439 3660
www.luckyvoice.co.uk
U Tottenham Court Rd
No 5
Sumptuous members
club playing funky soul,
R&B and Latin grooves.
Cavendish Square W1
+44 (0)20 7079 5000
www.no5ltd.com
U Oxford Circus
Turnmills
Dance to top-name DJs
until the early hours.
Clerkenwell Rd EC1
+44 (0)20 7250 3409
www.turnmills.co.uk
U Farringdon
For more
about London’s
nightlife check
visitlondon.com
Gay & Lesbian
London
London is recognised as
one of the gay capitals of
the world, and at its centre
are Soho and Old Compton
Street, where European
café culture has taken off
in a big way. A mixed crowd
sit and watch the world go
by at the many bars and
coffee houses along the
street. Balans and its
smaller sister Balans Café
are particularly popular.
Afterwards, head to G.A.Y.
for live cheesy pop, or to
Village for some karaoke
singing (Tuesday nights
only). Alternatively, dance
the night away to funky
lounge sounds at
The Shadow Lounge.
The best night out for
the girls in London is the
Candy Bar, a two-floor
club known for its buzzing
parties. Be warned, though,
boys are strictly not
allowed (unless they’re gay
and with girls).
If camp cabaret’s your
thing, head to Too2Much,
or go east and catch Tranny
Lipsync at slinky restaurant,
bar and club Bistrotheque.
Edgy gay East Enders are
found in the George and
Dragon pub, or dancing
at Family at Bar Music Hall
on Saturdays.
In the south, head to the
Royal Vauxhall Tavern,
where queues stretch round
the block, even on Sundays.
In North London, the guys
go to indie club Popstarz
every Friday at Scala in
Kings Cross. But if you
want something a little
more classic, try 18th-
century gay pub The
William IV in Hampstead.
If all those nights out
wear you out, then unwind
with a good book from
Gay’s The Word on
Marchmont Street. And if
you’re here in summer,
don’t miss July’s Gay Pride
– visitlondon.comhas all
the details.
The Village
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GAY & LESBIAN
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CONTACT DETAILS
Balans Old Compton St
W1, +44 (0)20 7439 2183;
Bar Music Hall Curtain Rd
EC2, +44 (0)20 7613 5951;
Bistrotheque Wadeson St
E2, +44 (0)20 8983 7900;
Candy Bar Carlisle St W1,
+44 (0)20 7494 4041;
G.A.Y. @ ASTORIA Charing
Cross Rd WC2, +44 (0)20
7434 9592; Gay’s The
Word Marchmont St WC1,
+44 (0)20 7278 7654;
George and Dragon
Hackney Rd E2, +44 (0)871
984 1146; Village Wardour
St W1, +44 (0)20 7434
2124; Royal Vauxhall
Tavern, Kennington Lane
SE11, +44 (0)20 7737
4043; The Shadow
Lounge Brewer St W1, +44
(0)20 7287 7988;
Too2Much Walkers Court
W1, +44 (0)20 7734 0377;
The William IV
Hampstead High St NW3,
+44 (0)20 7435 5747
Lucky Voice Karaoke
Look out for the official London Gay &Lesbian Guide
and go to visitlondon.com for more info
A 75 minute adventure tour of the City of
Westminster by road and river onboard an
amphibious ‘Duck’, including a live commentary.
London Ducktours offers more than just a sightseeing tour - it's an
exciting road and river adventure appealing to visitors of all ages
taking in some of London’s most famous landmarks.
Ask about our personalised tours for weddings, children’s parties,
hospitality, educational tours, special events etc!
Phone: 020 7928 2350 or 020 7401 8834
Email: bookings@londonribvoyages.com
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Skim across the surface of the river in a rigid inflatable
boat, going further and faster in an hour than any other
cruise. Enjoy this exhilarating experience with
professional guides on board helping you explore the
sites, sounds and stories of the Thames.
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Admission free
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64/66 Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2TF
Experience what life was like for
people in war-torn Britain during the
SECOND WORLD WAR
This is a unique museum of interest to all ages,
featuring evacuation, rationing, shelters,
weddings, bomb disposal and gas masks.
Walk through the London Blitz
SEE IT! FEEL IT! BREATHE IT!
Every day except 24 – 26 December
Tel: 020 7403 3171
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Everything you need to know when planning your
visit, from airport-arrival tips to where to stay,
plus how to get around when you want to explore
Essentials
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Where to Stay
London has a huge range of accommodation, so there’s
something to suit every taste and budget. Here’s our
guide to some of the best places to rest your head…
The Grand
Dames
Luxury Hotels
If you want a flavour of
quintessential England,
book into one of the
capital’s grandest
hotels. The Ritz (www.
theritzlondon.com), at the
corner of Green Park, on
the cusp of Mayfair and
the West End, is perhaps
the grandest of them all.
It remains as ritzy as ever,
with rooms to make you
feel like royalty (in fact,
royals have been known to
stay here) and a glorious
rococo restaurant, as
well as a less-formal
dining room where you
can take afternoon tea.
On the north bank
of the Thames, the
Savoy (www.fairmont.
com/savoy) is almost as
legendary. Through the
imposing entrance along
the Strand are individually
designed traditional and
art-deco rooms, many
with river views, and
a delightful, Michelin-
starred restaurant.
For London’s finest
example of art-deco
opulence, and another
great restaurant (headed
by chef Gordon Ramsay),
book into Claridge’s
(www.claridges.co.uk),
close to Bond Street.
A little further west
in Knightsbridge, The
Berkeley (www.the-
berkeley.co.uk) has two
excellent restaurants,
a rooftop pool and a
fabulous cocktail bar.
At Hyde Park Corner,
The Lanesborough
(www.lanesborough.com)
is a former hospital that is
now a beautiful Regency
hotel with a heavenly
spa. A perfect escape.
The Familiar
Faces
Hotel Groups
Like any major city,
London has its fair
share of chain hotels,
most of which offer an
excellent standard of
accommodation
and service, and often
at discounted prices.
At a four- or five-star
Radisson Edwardian
(www.radissonedwardian.
com), Radisson (www.
radisson.com), Hilton
(www.hilton.co.uk)
or Sheraton (www.
sheraton.com), you
will feel part of an
international community
of business-trippers and
holiday-makers, and
there will invariably be a
fine restaurant and bar.
Among the best of these
are the huge London
Hilton on Park Lane
– where you can sip a
martini and soak up
the birdseye view of the
capital from the 28th-
floor restaurant –
and the stylish,
newly refurbished
The May Fair.
The mid-range
chains, including
Thistle Hotels (www.
thistlehotels.com),
Premier Travel Inn
(www.premiertravelinn.
com), Best Western
(www.bestwestern.co.uk),
Novotel (www.novotel.
com), Holiday Inn
(www.holiday-inn.co.uk)
and Travelodge (www.
travelodge.co.uk) all have
a number of branches
in and around central
London, and all promise
a reliable stay in quality
surroundings. Visit
the respective websites
for location details.
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guarantee hotel
bookings go to
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The May Fair
Claridge’s
The Beautiful
Boutiques
Designer Hotels
In recent years, the
number of small-but-
perfectly-formed hotels
in London has increased.
The Soho Hotel (www.
firmdale.com), tucked
down an alley in London’s
liveliest neighbourhood,
has a very English blend
of luxury and eccentricity,
while its sister, the Covent
Garden Hotel (www.
firmdale.com), is a little
more traditional but just
as decadent. Both are
located close to some
of the city’s best shops,
restaurants and theatres.
The Baglioni Hotel
(www.baglionihotels.
com) brings Italian style
to Kensington, its rococo
décor tucked behind a
demure Georgian façade.
The romantic, eccentric
Miller’s Residence (www.
millersuk.com), on the
fringes of Notting Hill,
has six rooms and two
suites full of antiques and
curios, plus an extravagant,
40ft drawing room.
In complete contrast
to this is The Zetter
(www.thezetter.com),
a warehouse conversion
in Clerkenwell. Classic
60s and 70s modernist
designs are everywhere,
but there are also
touches of old-fashioned
grandeur, such as the pink
chandelier in the lobby
and the rooftop studio
with a private terrace.
The Welcome
Signs
Airport And
Station Hotels
At London’s main airports,
chain hotels abound.
Hilton has branches at
Heathrow, Gatwick and
Stansted (www.hilton.
co.uk). The following
chains also have hotels
near airports: Radisson
Edwardian (www.radisson
edwardian.com), Marriott
(www.marriott.com),
Premier Travel Inn (www.
premiertravelinn.com) and
the Sheraton group (www.
starwoodhotels.com).
Near the city’s train
stations, you’ll find a wider
choice of hotels with
period character. Close to
Victoria Station, Hamilton
House Hotel (www.
hamiltonhousehotel.com)
and The Windermere
Hotel (www.windermere-
hotel.co.uk) are friendly,
mid-range options, while
The Rubens at the Palace
(www.rubenshotel.com)
has a Monarch Suite with a
jacuzzi and four-poster bed.
The area around
Paddington Station teems
with hotels. Royal Norfolk
Hotel (www.royalnorfolk
hotel.co.uk) is a good,
traditional choice, while
The Pavilion (www.
pavilionhoteluk.com) is
more eccentric, favoured
by musicians and actors.
The Great Eastern
Hotel by Liverpool Street
Station (www.great-
eastern-hotel.co.uk)
offers an interior full of
period detail. There’s great
food in its restaurants,
as well as nearby Hoxton
and Spitalfields.
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Experience…
The May Fair Spa is a hidden retreat in the heart of the capital
that combines understated luxury and top-notch spa science
with seven treatment rooms, a traditional sauna and a herbal
steam room. Signature treatments include the Algotherm JetLag
Reviver package – perfect for kickstarting weary travellers after a
long-haul journey to London. The more adventurous might like to
try the May Fair Mud Bath, which can be enjoyed alone or with a
partner. After your treatment, complete your blissful experience
in the relaxation room with a herbal tea or lemon sorbet.
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Baglioni Hotel
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Your find in Bloomsbury. This
family-run B&B hotel, founded
in 1956, is in a classical Georgian
crescent away from main roads,
10 minutes from three Tube
and mainline train stations.
Refurbished sympathetically
to its origins in 2005, it provides
an elegant base for your
London break, offering 3-star
accommodation. The hearty
English breakfast will sustain
you through serious shopping,
sightseeing or simply mooching.
Pastimes? We can provide ideas
or you can use our website to
plan your stay.
Crescent Hotel
49-50 Cartwright Gardens,
London WC1H 9EL
T: +44 (0)20 7387 1515
F: +44 (0)20 7383 2054
E: general.enquiries@
crescenthoteloflondon.com
www.crescenthoteloflondon.com
Grosvenor House
Park Lane,
London W1K 7TN
T: +44 (0)20 7499 6363
F: +44 (0)20 7493 3341
E: vicki.richards@marriotthotels.com
www.grosvenor-house.co.uk
Grosvenor House is one of the
capital’s most iconic and best-
known hotels. Centrally located
on Park Lane, the hotel offers some
of the most extensive facilities in
London. Perhaps best known for
the myriad high profile events held
in the Great Room, Europe’s largest
banqueting space, Grosvenor
House also offers 494 quiet
and beautifully appointed guest
rooms, of which 72 are executive
suites, with the amenities and
services one would expect of a
leading international 5-star hotel.
Deserving of its status, Grosvenor
House also boasts the most
extensive meetings and banqueting
facilities in the capital, not to
mention a variety of dining options,
all in the heart of Mayfair.
Hyde Park Radnor
7-9 Sussex Place,
London W2 2SX
T: +44 (0)20 7723 5969
F: +44 (0)20 7262 8955
E: info@hydeparkradnor.com
www.hydeparkradnor.com
Located in the heart of central
London, the Hyde Park Radnor
has recently been refurbished
to a high standard. The excellent
location provides easy access to
all of London’s top attractions,
shops, restaurants and theatres.
The hotel is in walking distance
of Paddington Underground,
mainline train stations, Heathrow
Express, tour buses, Hyde Park,
Oxford Street, Madame Tussauds,
Harrods, Kensington Palace,
Marble Arch and many more
sights and locations. All rooms are
ensuite, with tea/coffee-making
facilities, hairdryer, telephone,
satellite TV, serviced daily, with
lift to all floors. Rates from just
£40 per person, including full
English breakfast.
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Riverbank Park Plaza
18 Albert Embankment,
London SE1 7TJ
T: +44 (0)20 7958 8000
F: +44 (0)20 7769 2400
E: rppres@pphe.com
www.parkplaza.com
Springfield Hotel
154 Sussex Gardens,
London W2 1UD
T: +44 (0)20 7723 9898
F: +44 (0)20 7723 0874
E: info@springfield
hotellondon.co.uk
www.springfieldhotellondon.co.uk
Hyde Park Hotels
170-172 Sussex Gardens,
London W2 1TP
T: +44 (0)20 7402 0704
F: +44 (0)20 7262 2055
E: info@westpointhotel.com
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Riverbank Park Plaza is a stunning
new-build, 4-star deluxe hotel.
Situated on the south side of
the River Thames, its exemplary
location affords spectacular views
of the Houses of Parliament,
Big Ben and the London Eye. Its
state-of-the-art facilities ensure
a luxurious night’s sleep or a
fantastic dining experience in
its Chino Latino Brasserie, Bar &
Lounge – sure to be a memorable
event for any visitor. Riverbank
Park Plaza joins a growing
portfolio of Park Plaza Hotels in
London – the Victoria Park Plaza
in Westminster and the Sherlock
Holmes Hotel on world-famous
Baker Street. Visit our website for
more information.
A warm, welcoming Hotel that
puts people immediately at ease on
arrival. Traditional values ensure
a happy comfortable stay. We are
minutes away from Oxford Street,
Hyde Park and London’s wonderful
sights. Plenty of information is
available to enhance your visit,
whilst our delicious English
breakfast sets you up for the day
and the experiences of London.
The hotel may be very quiet but
it is not remote, being near to
plenty of restaurants and bars, not
to mention two minutes from the
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The hotel is ideally situated within walking distance to the tube &buses in the
cosmopolitan heart of Kensington, close to Earls Court exhibition centres and
within easy access to London’s popular west-end theatres, night clubs and
museums. The fashionable shops of high street Kensington &Knightsbridge are
within easy reach. The hotel boasts of a relaxing lounge, restaurant &bar and 100
en-suite rooms featuring TV with satellite channels, pay movie channels, direct
dial telephones, fast internet access,
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Double / Twin from £69
Triple from £80
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clean and comfortable accommodation.
If you don’t fancy staying in a hotel,
here are a few great alternatives
Family Affairs
B&Bs
The bed and breakfast
(B&B) is a great British
institution so, of course,
London has its fair share
of small, often family-
run hotels. The opposite
experience to staying in a
chain hotel, a B&B offers
the chance to stay with
your hosts in a homely
environment, often in a
residential area – although
still in central London and
well-connected.
66 Camden Square is
a Japanese-style house on
a quiet square just north
of Euston, designed by
the architects who live
there. 30 King Henry’s
Road in Primrose Hill has
just one room, with books
lining the walls and a huge
bathroom. The Attic
in Kensington is a little
pricier than most B&Bs
– but it does have a hot
tub on the roof.
For more info or to
book a London B&B, log
on to visitlondon.com
Homes
From Home
Self-Catering
& Serviced
Apartments
If you plan to stay in
London for more than
a few days, it makes
sense to find an apartment
– and there is sure to be
something to suit
your budget.
196 Bishopsgate
(www.196bishopsgate.
com), in the City, has
48 fully serviced suites
with marble bathrooms
and sleek kitchens. Scala
House (www.scala-house.
co.uk), in the heart of the
West End, has elegant
apartments with amazing
views. Clarendon House
Apartments (www.hunny
pot.org.uk/clarendon)
offers stylish art-deco and
Victorian accommodation
in Ealing, west London.
Dovetail House (+44
(0)20 8291 0924), in
south London’s Forest
Hill, is a more suburban
two-bedroom house.
The Cheval Group (www.
chevalgroup.com) offers
a range of luxury serviced
apartments in west
London and the City. While
Beaumont Apartments
(www.beaumont-london-
apartments.co.uk) is a value
option in leafy Southfields,
near Wimbledon.
For more self-catering
accommodation, go to
visitlondon.com
Cheap And
Cheerful
Hostels
The constant flux of
international travellers in
London means there’s a
well-established network
of hostels here.
The Youth Hostel
Association (www.yha.
org.uk) has eight hostels
in the capital, including
a stunning townhouse in
Earl’s Court that recently
reopened, and one in the
elegant former choirboys’
accommodation by
St Paul’s Cathedral. St
Christopher’s Inns
(www.st-christophers.
co.uk) has six secure
backpackers’ residences
in London. Journey’s
Hostels (www.journeys
hostels.com) has
residences in King’s
Cross and Waterloo.
Universities also offer
cheap places to stay in
the summer. London
School of Economics
(www.lse.ac.uk/vacations)
has rooms beside the
Thames, by Covent
Garden and in other
areas, while University
College London (www.
ucl.ac.uk/residences)
and University of
Westminster (www.
wmin.ac.uk) also offer
accommodation in the
centre or more relaxing
outer parts of London.
B&Bs, Apartments
& Hostels
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Hampstead street
Home Stays
Staying with a family is becoming increasingly
popular with visitors wanting to sample
real London life, and there are many agencies
that specialise in this. See the Visit London
Official AccommodationGuide 2007,
available in tourist offices, or log on to
visitondon.com for more information.
Useful Information
Most hotels and B&Bs require a deposit
for advance bookings. The amount varies
and will be deducted from your bill. Many
establishments require payment on arrival if
you have not made a booking, and be warned
that late cancellations can be subject to a fee.
For further details, see visitlondon.com
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For more info
or to book
hostels & B&Bs,
go to
visitlondon.com
Getting to London couldn’t be
easier, however you prefer to travel
Getting
Here
On arrival
Gatwick Airport
+44 (0)870 000 2468
www.baa.co.uk
To London by Rail
Gatwick Express runs
four trains an hour to
London Victoria station.
Fares from £14 single;
journey time 30 mins.
As with all airport
transport services,
check the website for
departure times.
www.gatwickexpress.com
Southern Railways
operates three trains
hourly to Victoria station.
Fares from £9 single;
journey time around
40 mins.
www.southernrailway.com
First Capital Connect
runs up to four trains
an hour to Blackfriars/
London Bridge. Fares
from £10 single;
journey time 35 mins.
www.firstcapital
connect.co.uk
To London by Coach
There is an hourly coach
service to Victoria
Coach Station run by
National Express
Airport. Fares from
£6.60 single; journey
time 1 hour 20 mins.
www.nationalexpress.com
Heathrow Airport
+44 (0)870 000 0123
www.baa.co.uk
To London by Rail/Tube
The Piccadilly line
connects Heathrow
Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and
Terminal 4 with central
London every 4-5 mins.
Fares from £4 single (from
£2 with an Oyster card);
journey time about
an hour.
www.tfl.gov.uk/tube
The Heathrow Express
operates four non-stop
trains each hour to and
from London Paddington
station. Fares from £13.50
single; journey time 15-20
mins. There are two
Heathrow stations:
Central for Terminals 1, 2
and 3, and Terminal 4.
Transport for London (TfL)
Travelcards are not
valid on this service.
www.heathrow
express.com
Heathrow Connect
is a new service that
runs between Heathrow
and Paddington via
five stations in West
London. Trains run every
30 minutes; journey
time around 25 mins.
www.heathrow
connect.com
To London by Coach
National Express runs
roughly three buses
every hour to Victoria
Coach Station. Fares
from £10 single;
journey time 40 mins.
www.nationalexpress.com
To London by Bus
Night Bus N9 goes
to Aldwych via Trafalgar
Square and High Street
Kensington. Bus services
run every 30 mins;
journey time around
65 mins.
www.tfl.gov.uk/buses
London
City Airport
+44 (0)20 7646 0088
www.london
cityairport.com
The airport is on the
Docklands Light Railway.
Fares from £1.50; journey
time around 22 mins to
Bank station.
London
Luton Airport
+44 (0)1582 405 100
www.london-luton.co.uk
Luton Airport Parkway
station is near the airport,
and a free, regular shuttle
bus service connects them.
To London by Rail
First Capital Connect
operates up to eight
trains an hour to King’s
Cross Thameslink,
Farringdon, London
City Thameslink and
Blackfriars stations.
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Fares from £10.70 single;
journey time from 35 mins.
www.firstcapital
connect.co.uk
Midland Mainline
operates a regular rail
service to St Pancras
station. Journey time
from 23 mins.
www.midlandmainline.com
To London by Bus
Green Line operates
three coaches an hour
to Baker Street, Marble
Arch and Victoria. Fares
from £9 single; journey
time 75 mins.
www.greenline.co.uk
easyBus runs every 40
mins to Baker Street. Fares
from £1 single; journey
time around 55 mins.
www.easybus.co.uk
London
Stansted Airport
+44 (0)870 000 0303
www.baa.com
To London by Rail
Stansted Express operates
Arriving by
Eurostar
+44 (0)870 518 6186
www.eurostar.com
There are frequent
services from London
Waterloo to Paris and
Brussels daily. The Paris
journey takes 2 hours 35
mins; Brussels is 2 hours
and 20 mins away. The
trains arrive at Waterloo
station, bringing travellers
straight into the national
rail network and the TfL
bus and Underground
systems. Later this year,
Eurostar is switching from
Waterloo to its new hub
at St Pancras International,
so check details online.
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up to four trains per hour
to Liverpool Street station.
Fares from £15 single;
journey time from 45 mins.
www.stanstedexpress.com
To London by Coach
National Express runs
three separate coach
services into London.
www.nationalexpress.com
Terravision Express
Shuttle operates two
coaches per hour to
Victoria Coach Station
in central London with
good onward travel
connections. Fares from
£8.50 single; journey
time around 75 mins.
www.lowcostcoach.com
Travel
Information
Transport for London (TfL)
has an extensive website
providing up-to-the-
minute information on all
modes of London
transport. TfL also has
a network of Travel
Information Centres
located in stations
throughout the city,
including Euston,
Piccadilly Circus,
Heathrow Airport,
Victoria and Liverpool
Street, as well as at
West Croydon bus
station, and these
are great points of
contact for visitors
who need to plan
their onward journeys.
www.tfl.gov.uk
At every Underground
station, blue-uniformed
staff are happy to help
with general directions
and route advice.
Travel tickets and
information are also
available at the Britain
& London Visitor Centre
on Lower Regent Street,
near Piccadilly Circus.
Journey Planner is a useful
website that tells
you the best routes to and
from specific locations,
by rail, tube, bus or on
foot, and it’s available
in five languages.
www.tfl.gov.uk/
journeyplanner
For further information
on London’s attractions,
and to plan your own
itineraries online go to
visitlondon.com/explorer
Underground
There are 12 colour-coded
Tube lines. Most operate
from 5am to 12.30am
Mon-Sat, and from 7.30am
to 11.30pm on Sundays.
It’s cheaper and less
crowded to avoid the rush
hour and travel after
9.30am. The network is
divided into six
concentric zones – Zone
1 is the central area.
Buses
Some routes are
especially good for
sightseeing, and services
9 and 15 use heritage
Routemasters during the
Getting
Around
Exploring the capital is simple with
the excellent transport networks
For up to date
travel information
in London call
+44 (0)20 7222 1234
or log on to
www.tfl .gov.uk
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day. Most bus services
operate from 5am to
12.30am daily, with many
routes now operating
24-hour services. Tickets
must be purchased
before boarding a bus in
Zone 1 and are available
from ticket machines at
bus stops, although
visitors may find it easier
and cheaper to buy
a bus pass or Travelcard.
Docklands
Light Railway
The DLR connects the City
and the Underground
network with Docklands,
and offers a great way of
exploring this rapidly
changing area of London.
It also forms a useful link
to Maritime Greenwich.
Services operate from
5.30am to 12.30am and
tickets must be purchased
before boarding a train.
National Rail
Trains are useful for
reaching places that are
not served by the Tube,
such as Hampton Court
and Windsor. Mainline
stations include: Waterloo
and Victoria, serving
the south of England;
Paddington, the south-
west; Euston, the north;
King’s Cross, the north-
east; and Liverpool
Street, the east. Various
annual discount cards are
available – go to www.
railcard.co.uk for details.
www.nationalrail.co.uk
Trams
Tramlink’s service links
Croydon with, among
other places, Wimbledon.
www.tfl.gov.uk/trams
Coaches
Coaches are a quick and
inexpensive way of
making a day trip out of
London. Victoria Coach
Station is a major hub
for various bus
companies. See www.
nationalexpress.com/save
for discount cards.
www.tfl.gov.uk/coaches or
www.nationalexpress.com
The River
See pages 38-39 for
details on river transport.
visitlondon.com/river or
www.tfl.gov.uk/river
Taxis
London’s famous Black
Cabs offer a safe, reliable,
door-to-door service. Taxis
can be hailed on the street
when the yellow light is
on, or at designated taxi
ranks. Fares are regulated,
and all drivers and vehicles
are licensed by the
Public Carriage Office.
Minicabs
Private hire companies
or ‘minicabs’ cannot
be hailed on the street;
they must be booked by
telephone or in person
at the operator’s base.
To check if an operator
is licensed, call +44 (0)20
7222 1234 or go to www.
tfl.gov.uk/pco – do not get
into a vehicle that is not
licensed, or if the driver
approaches you in the
street. Text HOME
to 60835 to get the
phone numbers of three
local, licensed minicab
numbers sent to your
mobile phone. A good,
reputable company
is Addison Lee – call +44
(0)20 7387 8888 or visit
www.addisonlee.com

Cycling
For information on cycling
in London, see www.tfl.
gov.uk/cycles. For bicycle
hire from various pick-up
points in London, contact
OY Bike Systems on +44
(0)20 8955 6800.
Congestion
Charge
If you are driving in central
London between 7am and
6.30pm Mon-Fri (except
Tickets
Single fares are available
for any journey,
although visitors will
find it easier and better
value to purchase a
Travelcard. Travelcards
are valid for use on
the Underground, bus,
DLR, tram and national
rail, and also offer a
one-third discount on
River services. They
are available for one,
three or seven days,
and in peak or off-peak
versions for one and
three days.
Oyster cards
The Oyster card
is London’s travel
smartcard: Travelcards
and bus pass season
tickets can be put on
them, or you can charge
up to £50 to travel pay-
as-you-go. For most
visitors, Oyster is the
cheapest way of getting
around. For more
information, go to
www.tfl.gov.uk/oyster.
You can order one
before you travel from
overseas ticket agents.
public holidays), you need
to pay the Congestion
Charge. The charge is £8
per day, which must be
paid in advance or on day
of travel. If you pay by
midnight the next day, the
charge is £10. Payment
can be made online, by
calling 0845 900 1234 or
by sending an SMS from a
mobile phone to 81099.
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Money
The unit of currency in
Britain is the pound sterling
(£), and all London areas
are served by ATMs, which
accept Visa, MasterCard,
Cirrus or Maestro cards. If
you are bringing travellers’
cheques, these can be
exchanged at banks,
bureau de change offices,
hotels and post offices.
Take advantage of tax-
free shopping and receive
the VAT back on your
purchases. If you are from
outside the EU ask for a
tax-free shopping form or
go to www.premiertaxfree.
com to find out more.
Global Refund’s currency-
conversion system, First
Currency Choice, is the
first credit-card payment
system that allows
international customers
to make payments in their
own currency at the point
of sale, and it is available in
selected shops and hotels
in the city. For money
exchange, TTT Foreign
Exchange Corporation and
Thomas Exchange Global
both have several branches
in the centre.
Opening Hours
Shops are generally open
from Monday to Saturday
from 10am to 6pm,
though some central
stores stay open till 7pm –
and later still on Thursdays
– while on Sundays many
open from midday to 4pm.
Visitor attractions and
museums typically open
daily from 10am to 6pm,
though most close for
a couple of days for the
Christmas holidays.
Public holiday dates
for 2007 are New Year
(1 January), Good Friday/
Easter Monday (6 and 9
April), May Day Holiday (7
May), Spring Bank Holiday
(28 May), Summer Bank
Holiday (27 August) and
Christmas Day/Boxing Day
(25 and 26 December).
Visas
Citizens of Australia,
Canada, New Zealand,
South Africa and the
USA are given, at their
point of arrival, ‘leave to
enter’ the UK for up to
six months. However, if
you’re a citizen of the EU,
you don’t need a visa to
enter the country. Visa
regulations are always
subject to change, so
please check with the
local embassy or at
www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
Tipping
Although there are no
fixed rules, tipping in
the UK has become
commonplace. If you’ve
received good service,
whether in a restaurant,
café or hotel, it is quite
normal to leave a tip of 10
per cent of the total bill.
Taxi drivers will expect
tips of around 10 per cent.
Communications
The minimum amount
for a call at a public
payphone is 30p. You can
use the Totally London
phonecard to make cheap
phone calls abroad, see
visitlondon.com. Stamps
can be bought at post
offices or newsagents.
Postcards to Europe cost
44p, to the rest of the
world 50p. Many hotels
have internet access and
there are internet cafés
throughout the city.
Health
Pharmacists can dispense
certain drugs over the
counter – Boots being
the biggest chain. Most
are open standard hours,
but each neighbourhood
has a duty chemist that
opens on Sundays. Most
doctors’ surgeries have
a daily drop-in hour. You
can also turn up at the
Accident and Emergency
department of hospitals.
Travellers with
Disabilities
Thanks to the Disability
Discrimination Act of
1995, all new tourist
attractions and hotels
now make full provision
for wheelchair users,
and access to other
public places has greatly
improved. Most TfL
buses are equipped for
passengers who have
mobility problems.
All you need to help make your
trip run as smoothly as possible
Useful Tips
Find all you need to know at visitlondon.com, the
official one-stop shop to London. You can also visit the
Britain & London Visitor Centre, 1 Lower Regent Street
W1, open seven days a week or email blvc@visitbritain.
org. For the inside guide to London, check out London
TV, available in hotels, cabs, planes and trains and via
visitlondon.com
Visitor Information
As in all major cities, you should be aware of your own personal
safety. To avoid being a victim of pick pocketing, keep all your
bags closed. If you have anything to report, you can telephone
the emergency services on 999 for more serious incidents.
Be vigilant and never leave baggage unattended.
Emergencies
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Hampton Court Richmond Park Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew – Pagoda and Palm House Wembley Stadium Kenwood House
Royal Albert Hall Serpentine Gallery Lord’s Cricket Ground
Battersea Park – Buddhist Peace Pagoda Albert Bridge Battersea
Power Station Alexandra Palace London Central Mosque
London Zoo – Aviary & Entrance Buckingham Palace BT Tower Statue of Eros
Accommodation
Airport and
Station Hotels 78
Bed and Breakfasts 87
Designer Hotels 78
Home Stays 87
Hostels 87
Hotel Groups 78
Luxury Hotels 78
May Fair Spa 78
Self-Catering
Apartments 87
Dance and Music 71
Essentials 77
Communications 93
Health 93
Money 93
Opening Hours 93
Tipping 93
Travellers with
Disabilities 93
Visas 93
Events 18
Festivals 21
Food & Drink 51
Bar Etiquette 61
Bars 61
Canary Wharf 61
Design Bars 62
Hotel Bars 63
Pubs 61
Pub Tour 63
Restaurants 52
Best for
Entertainment 57
Best for Views 52
British 52
Cafés 56
Chains 57
French 53
Hotel Dining 58
Indian 54
International 55
Italian 53
Landmark Locations 56
Museum Restaurants 57
Value Eats 55
Nightlife 72
Cabaret 72
Casinos 72
Cinema 73
Comedy 72
Gay and Lesbian 74
Live Music 72
Nightclubs 74
Outdoors 37
Bankside 38
Canals 39
Cruises 39
Parks 40
River, The 38
Royal Parks 41
South Bank, The 38
Summer Concerts 40
Shopping 45
Antiques 48
Department Stores 46
Destinations 48
Fashion 46
Markets 47
Museum Shops 48
Souvenirs 49
Traditional Shops 49
Sightseeing 23
Attractions 26
Amora 26
British Airways
London Eye 26
Fuller’s Griffin
Brewery 26
Leeds Castle 26
London Aquarium 26
London Dungeon 26
London Zoo 26
Madame Tussauds 26
Tower Bridge
Exhibition 26
Tower of London 26
Trinity Buoy Wharf 26
Vinopolis 26
Windsor Castle 26
Galleries 34
Bayswater Road
Artists 34
Ben Uri Gallery 34
Courtauld Institute
of Art Gallery 34
Dali Universe 34
Dulwich Picture
Gallery 34
Estorick Collection of
Modern Italian Art 34
Gilbert Collection 34
Guildhall Art Gallery 34
Hayward Gallery 34
Hermitage Rooms 34
London Glassblowing
Workshop 35
National Gallery 35
National Portrait
Gallery 35
Queen’s Gallery 35
Royal Academy
of Arts 35
Saatchi Gallery 35
Serpentine Gallery 35
Tate Britain 35
Tate Modern 35
Wallace Collection 35
Whitechapel 35
White Cube 35
Historic
Landmarks 25
British Library 25
Central Hall
Westminster 25
Golden Hinde, The 25
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at just how many of
these iconic buildings
you recognise…
London’s
skyline
Index
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Chinatown MI6 Big Ben Trafalgar Square Charing Cross Hungerford
Bridge British Airways London Eye King’s Cross Somerset House Cleopatra’s Needle Oxo Tower
Tate Modern Millennium Bridge St Paul’s Cathedral Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
The Guildhall Monument Tower 42 The ‘Gherkin’ HMS Belfast City Hall Tower Bridge
The Old Truman Brewery Peckham Library Canary Wharf Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium Greenwich
Foot Tunnel National Maritime Museum Royal Observatory The O2 Thames Barrier
HMS Belfast 25
Houses of Parliament 25
Old Royal
Naval College 25
Royal Observatory 25
Somerset House 25
St Paul’s Cathedral 25
Wellington Arch 25
Westminster Abbey 25
Westminster
Cathedral 25
Houses & Palaces 29
Apsley House 29
Baden-Powell House 29
Banqueting House 29
Buckingham Palace 29
Carlyle’s House 29
Chiswick House 29
Fenton House 29
Ham House 29
Hampton Court
Palace 29
Jewel Tower 29
Kensington Palace 29
Marble Hill House 29
Osterley Park House 29
Queen’s House 29
Ranger’s House 29
Red House 29
Royal Mews 29
Sutton House 29
Syon House 29
Museums 32
Bank of England
Museum 32
British Museum 32
Cabinet War Rooms
and Churchill Museum 32
Design Museum 32
Fan Museum 32
Foundling Museum 32
Geffrye Museum 32
Guards Museum 32
Handel House Museum 32
Imperial War Museum 32
Jewish Museum 32
London Pass, The 33
London’s Transport
Museum 32
Museum of London 33
National Army
Museum 33
National Maritime
Museum 33
Natural History
Museum 33
Royal Air Force
Museum 33
Science Museum 33
Sir John Soane’s
Museum 33
Theatre Museum 33
2 Willow Road 33
V&A Museum of
Childhood 33
V&A Sth Kensington 33
Winston Churchill’s
Britain at War 33
Tours 30
All London Tours 30
A Nous Deux Londres 30
Astral Travels 30
BBC TV Centre Tours 30
Big Bus Company 30
BlueBrolly London
Audio Walks 30
Blue Plaques 30
British Tours 30
Golden Tours 30
Good Company 30
London Bicycle
Tour Company 30
London TLC 30
London Tours 30
Luxury Vacations UK 30
Magnus Nielsen Tours 30
Original London
Sightseeing Tour 30
Original London Walks 30
21st Century Travel 30
Sport 42
Athletics 42
Cricket 42
Cycling 42
Football 42
Horseracing 43
Rowing 43
Rugby 43
Sport Tours 43
Tennis 43
Tour de France 43
Theatre 65
Arts Centres 66
Blue Man Group 68
Booking Tickets 67
Guys and Dolls 68
Lion King, The 68
Off West End 68
Outdoor Theatres 67
West End 66
Transport 88
Buses 89
Coaches 90
Congestion Charge 90
Docklands Light
Railway 90
Eurostar 89
Gatwick Airport 88
Heathrow Airport 88
London City Airport 88
London Luton Airport 88
London Stansted
Airport 89
Minicabs 90
National Rail 90
Oyster Cards 90
River Transport 90
Taxis 90
Tickets 90
Travel Information 89
Underground 89
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